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Financial Aid

Contact Information

Laffin Hall Room 324
Tel: 631-420-2578
Fax: 631-420-3662

Office Hours when classes are in session*:
Monday - Friday 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
Evening Hours are scheduled by Appointment Only
*Summer Hours (May 18th - August 24th) 8:45 am to 4:15 pm

Financial Aid

We Can Help Find the Right Financial Aid Package for You.

Paying for college and finding the right financial aid can be an overwhelming process. The financial aid section of our site is designed to provide all the information that you will need to apply for financial aid and develop an award package tailored to meet your college expenses.

We participate in federal and state aid programs that help make education affordable for all students. We also provide debt-management counseling and College Work-Study placement services. 

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.  We are here to assist each of our students. We look forward to helping you.


If you are enrolled in at least 6 summer credits wish to apply for Student Loans or College Work Study for Summer, please review the SUMMER  FINANCIAL AID PROCESS and submit Summer Financial Aid Application.

General Terms and Conditions of Financial Aid

 The following are terms and conditions under which financial awards are made to students.  A more complete explanation for individual programs is available in the SUNY Farmingdale Catalog or from the Financial Aid Office.  Please remember that student aid programs are frequently modified by legislation.

Awards may be made prior to verification of data on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You will be notified if you are required to submit additional documentation for verification.  Failure to submit all requested documentation, within 120 days, may result in a forfeiture of your eligibility.  If necessary, we will correct FAFSA data on your behalf.  We will notify you of any changes to your financial aid award as they occur.

If you borrow under the federal Stafford Loan Program during your attendance at the Farmingdale, you must complete a federal Stafford Loan Exit Counseling Interview prior to leaving the College.

  • You must be matriculated (accepted into a degree program).
  • You must continue to attend classes regularly.
  • Only degree applicable coursework can be considered for financial aid enrollment purposes. In other words your financial aid eligibility is based upon credits required for your degree (some exceptions for remedial coursework). Once you meet degree requirements you are no longer eligible for aid.
  • Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress.
  • You must report additional awards or scholarships not appearing on your award letter to the Financial Aid Office.  Upon receipt of this information, the College may be required to adjust the awards appearing on your award notice.
  • You must promptly inform the Registrar's Office if you intend to withdraw from classes.
  • Financial Aid is awarded on an annual basis.  Students must reapply each year and eligibility may vary from year to year based on family information and/or changes in legislation.

NOTE: Financial Aid Awards are contingent upon the College receiving adequate federal and state funds to support these programs.  In the event of changes, you will be notified.  State and Federal budget discussions may lead to changes in funding levels, cost increases, or regulatory changes.


Students must be matriculated in a degree or certificate program to receive federal or state financial aid, including loans.  Non-matriculated students are ineligible to receive federal or state financial aid. PLEASE NOTE: If you have graduated from Farmingdale and are planning to continue on for another degree or certificate, you must go through the Admissions Office to apply for acceptance into the new program or you will be considered a non-matriculated student and be ineligible for financial aid.

Students must be enrolled in at least 6 eligible credits per term (Fall, Intersession and Spring combined, or Summer terms combined) to receive most federal financial aid, except Pell Grant.  Only courses that apply toward the student's current program can be considered in determining the number of eligible credits for financial aid.

Important Information

Students are responsible for checking their Farmingdale email and OASIS accounts frequently throughout the year for updates and communication from the Office of Financial Aid regarding the status of their financial aid eligibility and awards

Students are initially packaged based on the Housing plans indicated on the FAFSA and as full-time students.  Once the drop-add period is over and Campus Housing has finalized the room assignments each term, your financial aid will be recalculated and may be revised.

Students’ Rights and Responsibilities

You have the right to ask a school:

  1. The names of its accrediting and licensing organizations.
  2. About its programs; its instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities; and its faculty.
  3. What the cost of attendance is, and what its policy is on refunds to students who drop out.
  4. What financial assistance is available, including information on all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid programs.
  5. What procedures and deadlines are for submitting applications for each available financial aid program.
  6. What criteria it uses to select financial aid recipients.
  7. How it determines your financial need. This process includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, books and supplies, and personal and miscellaneous expenses are considered in your cost of attendance. It also includes the resources considered in calculating your need.
  8. How much of your financial need, as determined by the institution, has been met.
  9. How and when aid is disbursed and refunds processed.
  10. To explain each type and amount of assistance in your financial aid package.
  11. What the interest rate is on any student loan that you have, the total amount you must repay, the length of time you have to repay, when you must start repaying, and what cancellation or deferment provisions apply.
  12. If you are offered a Federal College Work-Study job—what kind of job it is, what hours you must work, what your duties will be, what the rate of pay will be and how and when you will be paid.
  13. To reconsider your aid package if you believe a mistake has been made, or if your enrollment or financial circumstances have changed.
  14. How the college determines whether you are making satisfactory progress, and what happens if you are not.
  15. What special facilities and services are available to the handicapped.

It is your responsibility to:

  1. Review and consider all information about a school’s program before you enroll.
  2. Pay special attention to your application for student financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to the right place. Errors can delay or prevent your receiving aid.
  3. Know and comply with all deadlines for applying or reapplying for aid.
  4. Provide all additional documentation, verification, corrections, and/or new information requested by either the Financial Aid Office or the agency to which you submitted your application.
  5. Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms you are asked to sign.
  6. Repay any student loans you have. When you sign a promissory note, you are agreeing to repay your loan.
  7. Notify your school of a change in your name, address, or attendance status. If you have a loan, you must also notify your lender of these changes.
  8. Satisfactorily perform the work agreed upon in a Federal College Work-Study job.
  9. Understand your college’s refund policy.
  10. Maintain good academic standing to retain your eligibility for financial aid.

Important Dates and Deadlines

  • October 1st - FAFSA on the Web becomes available to begin application for the upcoming year.(Beginning October 1, 2016 for the 2017-18 School year)
  • March 1st - Farmingdale State College preferred deadline for FAFSA submission.
  • June 15th - Earliest date Verification of Non-Filing letter is available from the IRS.
  • July 15th - Recommended date to have all documents in to ensure your financial aid is applied to your bill before the bill due date.
  • June 30th - Last Date to file for TAP (6/30/2017 for 2016-17 and 6/30/2018 for 2017-18)

Verification Deadlines:

To receive any federal financial aid, all requested verification documents must be received within 120 days of the student's last date of attendance or from the last date of the academic year, (September 13, 2017 for 2016-17 or September 14, 2018 for 2017-18), whichever comes first.  Please note that we must also have received a valid FAFSA result before the end of the term.  If the student does not complete the verification process, no federal aid will be awarded.

However, if the student was awarded a Direct Loan, in addition to meeting the verification deadlines, the loan must be accepted by the student AND approved by the federal government before the student's last date of attendance to receive loan funds.  It is recommended you have all required documents in and accept your loans by December 1st for Fall or May 1st for Spring to ensure you will meet the required deadlines.