Financial Aid Process

The process of awarding financial aid begins with a thorough analysis of the student’s and/or student’s family’s financial situation, including income, assets, and number of family members in college. Financial need is defined as the difference between education cost and the expected family contribution (EFC).

The federal government, based on financial information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, determines the EFC. FAFSA on the Web is a free, fast, secure, and easy way to complete the FAFSA.

Residents of New York State completing the FAFSA on the Web may use all of the information provided on the FAFSA to complete the Express TAP Application (ETA). Once the FAFSA on the Web application is completed and a submission confirmation is received, students should select the link provided for TAP on the Web. This is a special feature available only to New York State residents.

Once the expected family contribution and any unmet financial need are determined, staff members in Student Academic Records and Financial Services will use all resources available to determine an appropriate award package. There are three basic components of financial aid that comprise a student’s individual award package: grants and scholarships (do not need to be repaid); jobs (on-campus federal work-study positions); and loans (must be repaid).

Students with specific questions or concerns should call 716-645-2450, visit the Office of Financial Aid website, or make an appointment to speak with a Financial Aid Advisor. Student Academic Records and Financial Services is committed to providing top-quality service to students.

Information subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations.

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