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Navigating the Financial Aid Process. Daniel M. Tramuta Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services SUNY Fredonia President, New York State Financial.

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1 Navigating the Financial Aid Process

2 Daniel M. Tramuta Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services SUNY Fredonia President, New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA)

3 TOPICS 1.How much does college cost? 2.How and when to apply for financial aid 3.How is financial need determined? 4.Sources and types of financial aid 5.Reviewing award letters 6.SUNY Financial Aid Day

4 How Much Does College Cost? Cost of Attendance (COA) Includes: 1.Tuition and fees 2.Room and board 3.Books and supplies 4.Transportation 5.Miscellaneous personal expenses

5 How Much Does College Cost? 4 Year PRIVATE On-Campus Student Tuition and fees:$27,981 Room and board: 10,523 Books and supplies: 1,116 Transportation: 849 Personal expenses: 1,427 Total Budget: $41,896 Source: College Board: Trends in College Pricing 2009 Middle States Averages.

6 How Much Does SUNY Cost Baccalaureate Degree Program 2010-11? NY State Resident Living On-Campus Tuition and fees: $6,230 Room and board: 10,300 Books and supplies: 1,200 Transportation: 960 Personal expenses: 1,360 Total Budget: $20,050 Source: SUNY Office of Student Financial Aid, System Administration

7 How Much Does SUNY Cost? The Bill: Typical First Semester Direct Charges New York State resident baccalaureate degree student living on campus for 2010 -11: Tuition $2,485 ($4,970) Fees 630 Room & Board 5,150 Total Direct Charges $8,265

8 How to Apply for Aid 1.Collect information 2.Request a federal PIN: 3.Complete FAFSA online: 4.Complete TAP online 5.Watch for Student Aid Report (SAR) 6.Keep records 7.Communicate with the financial aid office

9 1. Collect Information  Student’s and parents’ SSN and DOB  Parents’ marital status  Tax returns for student and parents  W-2s for student and parents  Records of untaxed income for student and parents bank accounts, stock, real estate, and business records for student and parents  Student’s driver’s license number  Student’s alien registration number (non U.S citizens)  PINs for student and one parent

10 2. Request Federal PIN at Get a PIN number NOW! Each student One parent! TIP: Parents and students may select the same PIN

11 3. Complete FAFSA at



14 Beware of

15 7 Steps For Filing the FAFSA 1.Student Demographics Name, social security number, birth date Provide an email address Indicate gender Males have the opportunity to enroll in Selective Service For more information go to: 2.School Selection Enter FAFSA codes – up to 10 colleges Indicate housing status

16 7 Steps For Filing the FAFSA 3. Dependency Status Generally a student is dependent if: Under 24 years old Not Married Not a graduate student Not serving in the US military 4.Parent Demographics Name, social security numbers, birth dates Marital status If your parent does not have an SSN, enter 0’s or 9’s

17 7 Steps For Filing the FAFSA 5.Financial information Use 2010 Tax returns If you have not filed, select “Will file” 6.Sign & Submit Sign electronically with PIN Print signature page Process now without signature 7.Confirmation

18 4. Complete TAP Online!  From the FAFSA confirmation page, link to the TAP-on-the-Web (look for NY Residents)  Establish your TAP PIN. You may choose to use the same number as your federal PIN

19 Missed the link or need to revise TAP info?  Go to to complete the TAP information.  Be aware that TAP will be processed for the first college on the FAFSA located in New York State (so you may need to correct the college)

20 5. Watch for SAR  SAR will be available in 7-10 days on-line at  EFC is printed on upper right corner  Make sure all the information is correct  Use your PIN and make changes using Corrections on the Web at

21 Remember Steps 6 & 7 Keep documents in a file  You may be selected for verification Watch your mail and email  Schools will contact you. Make sure to respond in a timely manner.

22 How and When to Apply FILE EARLY! Right after January 1, 2011  Check “will file taxes”  Estimate financial information accurately  Questions? - 1-800-4FEDAID (1-800-433-3243) or

23 FAFSA4caster Instead of waiting, you and your parents can use the FAFSA4caster NOW to receive an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid.

24 FAFSA4caster  Provides general information about federal student aid  Estimates federal student aid eligibility  Creates familiarity with the FA application process  Helps you understand the types and amounts of federal aid you may be eligible for  Submits a request for a Federal Student Aid PIN  Sends reminders to submit the official FAFSA  Reduces the time required to submit the FAFSA

25 How is Financial Need Determined? Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by:  Parents’ income and assets - primary home value excluded  Student’s income and assets  Size of family  Age of parents  Number of children in college COA minus EFC = Need

26 Sources and Types of Financial Aid  Federal  New York State  Private  Lenders  Gift Aid -- Scholarships -- Grants  Self-help aid -- Employment opportunities  Loans

27 Sources and Types of Financial Aid Scholarships  Private scholarship search  At your college of interest  Free Internet scholarship searches  Local library resources  Local businesses and civic organizations (including professional associations) related to student's field of interest  Parent’s employer/union


29 Sources and Types of Financial Aid Major Grant Programs  PELL Grant Must have EFC between $0- $5,273 Maximum annual proposed award for 2011-12 is $5,710  NYS TAP Grant Based on NYS net taxable income TIP: Student can get up to an additional $5,550 in Year Round Pell if taking summer classes and demonstrating academic progression

30 Sources and Types of Financial Aid Federal Work Study  Based on financial need  On or off-campus employment  Usually 8 to 12 hours per week

31 Sources and Types of Financial Aid William D. Ford Direct Loans Subsidized  3.4% (2011-2012)  6.8% (2012-2013)  Based on need  Federal government pays interest while student is in school  $3,500 for Freshman Unsubsidized  6.8 % fixed interest  Not based on need  Student is responsible for interest while in school  Max loan: cost of education minus financial aid  $5,500 for Freshman

32 Source and Types of Financial Aid Perkins Loan  Need based – limited campus based funding  Early FAFSA application is critical  Low interest rate (5%)  Student pays no interest while in school  Max $5,500 per year  May be forgiven

33 Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)  For parents of dependent students  Borrow up to entire cost of college less financial aid  No adverse credit (parent must pass credit check)  Interest Rate 7.9% Time Payment Plans  May vary…typically, families spread the direct costs over the semester or year. Sources and Types of Financial Aid

34 SUNY State-Operated Campuses 2010-11 TEACH Grant  Up to $4,000 per year  For students who intend to teach: - a high-need field - that serves students of low-income  Four year service contract after graduation that must be completed within eight years  More information:  Participating campuses 10-11: Binghamton, Brockport, Buffalo State, Cortland, Empire State Fredonia, Geneseo, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Stony Brook

35 Reviewing Award Letters Questions you should ask:  What is the source of aid?  What is the out-of-pocket expense?  Will the scholarship be renewed?  Is there a GPA requirement?  What happens if the requirement is not met?

36 SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day 2011 January 22, 2011 and February 19 th, 2011  Ask questions about the financial aid application, types of aid and the award process  Some campuses will offer Web access to complete FAFSA online  Watch for information at in early December

37 Questions?

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