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Financial Aid

Spring Freshmen and Transfer Checklist

√ File the FAFSA online at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.

√ New York State (NYS) residents should complete the TAP Grant and the New York State Excelsior Scholarship applications at hesc.ny.gov. NYS residents should apply for the TAP grant using school code 0925 at hesc.ny.gov.

√ Pay your deposit.

√ If you were selected for verification please visit my.newpaltz (or check your email) for information on your application status and your documentation requirements to complete the verification process.

√ Official award notices go out via email.

√ Login to my.newpaltz to accept/decline your aid package. Follow the instructions from the email.

→If you accept a Direct Student Loan then you must complete the following before school starts:
Login to studentloans.gov with your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password...
1. Complete Entrance Counseling for State University College - New Paltz
2. Complete a Master Promissory Note for subsidized/unsubsidized loan

→If you accept a Direct Parent PLUS Loan your parent must complete a separate credit check application. We recommend you read our PLUS page for more details. Here's how to apply:
Parent must login to studentloans.gov with their parental Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password...
1. Click and complete Request a Direct PLUS Loan (select 'State University College - New Paltz' from the list of schools)
2. If approved, complete a Master Promissory Note for a Parent PLUS Loan

√ Attend orientation and register for classes. If you will not be full-time (12 credits or more) then you must submit a part-time enrollment form to the Financial Aid Office.

√ After orientation Student Accounts will email you a notification that your fall invoice (bill) is available. Any aid you accepted will show as a deferral on your invoice.

√ Login to my.newpaltz and accept the charges on your invoice per the email from Student Accounts. You are responsible to pay any balance due by the due date on your individual invoice.

√ If a student's finalized financial aid exceeds their charges, Student Accounts will issue a refund for the amount of the overpayment per the following schedule:

→Direct student and parent loan monies will disburse starting the second week of the semester.
→Pell grants are disbursed around the third week of the semester.
→NYS TAP grants are typically disbursed after the mid-point of the semester.

Login to my.newpaltz.edu to set up Direct Deposit (Payment Profile).