Federal Financial Aid is available for WinterSession '18. As a result of regulations starting with the 2008-2009 academic year, WinterSession '18 is considered as part of the Spring semester for federal financial aid purposes only.
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This means that if a student is registered for three credits during WinterSession '18, and nine credits during Spring '18, they would be considered a full-time student and their federal financial aid would be packaged as such.
All WinterSession '18 and Spring '18 financial aid will be disbursed together as spring aid and will be disbursed no earlier than five days before the start of the spring semester. Please note: New York State aid such as TAP and Aid for Part Time Study, are not available for WinterSession '18. Please be aware that all awards are contingent upon funding and your remaining aid eligibility.
To be considered for Federal financial aid for WinterSession '18, a student must be matriculated, and the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file in the Financial Aid Office no later than December 1, 2017.
Note: On August 1st, a new software adjusting system was initiated. Financial aid packages are now automatically adjusted based on the actual number of credits that a student is registered for on that date. Subsequently, adding or dropping of a course will cause corresponding adjustments in financial aid. A more detailed explanation of this important change to financial aid processing is available from the Financial Aid Office. For the Spring ’18 semester automatic adjustments based on actual current hours will begin after January 1 and continue until the spring financial aid census date.
The major caveat is that students should be registered for their total number of credits by January 8, 2018 to ensure that the correct amount of aid is credited to the student account and appropriate aid refunds are issued in a timely manner.
Note: Because of this new procedure students will no longer have to submit a WinterSession Financial Aid Application. Any adjustments in the Federal PELL and TEACH Grants will be done by the Financial Aid Office. If students wish to receive additional funding they may be eligible for from the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program or the Federal PLUS loan, then they will need to complete the Form G01w which may be obtained from the Financial Aid Office Forms Center.
Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (585) 395-2501 with any questions. The office is located on the first floor of Rakov Center.