Important Information for 2022-2023

Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Program

Under this scholarship program, beginning with the 2018-2019 award year, a Pell-eligible student whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty while performing as a public safety officer is eligible to receive a maximum Pell Grant for the award year for which the determination of eligibility is made. To qualify for this scholarship, a student must be Pell-eligible and have a Pell-eligible EFC and be less than 24 years of age or enrolled at an institution of higher education (full or part-time) at the time of his or her parent’s or guardian’s death. In subsequent award years, the student continues to be eligible for the scholarship, as long as the student has a Pell- eligible EFC and continues to be an eligible student. PLEASE NOTIFY THE FINANCIAL AID OFFICE OF YOU MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.

All Title IV aid awarded to such eligible students must be based on an EFC of zero without regard to the student’s calculated EFC. Thus, the student is eligible for the maximum Pell Grant for his or her enrollment status and cost of attendance. In addition, the student’s eligibility for Direct Loans and for Campus-Based program aid must be based on an EFC of zero.

For purposes of the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship, a public safety officer is:

  • As defined in section 1204 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b); or
  • A fire police officer, defined as an individual who is serving in accordance with State or local law as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized public safety agency and provides scene security or directs traffic in response to any fire drill, fire call, or other fire, rescue, or police emergency, or at a planned special event.

THEDREAM.US Scholarship

THEDREAM.US Scholarship is the nation’s largest scholarship program for undocumented immigrant youth. In 2021, TheDream.US partnered with Farmingdale State College to provide its undocumented students’ the opportunity to attend. TheDream.US has two types of Scholarships. One for high school or GED graduates and another one for community college graduates. For more information, visit the THEDREAM.US page.

NY Nurses of our Future Scholarship

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a new “Nurses for Our Future” scholarship. Students will be able to complete their programs with a flexible schedule, either part-time or full-time.

The “Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship will cover tuition for 1,000 new or current healthcare workers to earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) at a two-year or four-year New York State public college or university.

Up to 500 scholarships will be awarded for out-of-state licensed nurses who relocate and practice in New York State to earn a BSN.

Up to 250 scholarships will be awarded for New York State licensed nurses to earn a BSN. Up to 250 scholarships will be awarded to New York State residents newly seeking an ADN.

Scholarships will cover the actual tuition charged by the public college or university for four full-time semesters. Awards will be pro-rated for recipients attending less than full-time. Scholarships will not cover other costs of attendance, including fees, room-and-board, or other expenses.

Eligibility
You are eligible to participate in the drawing if you meet the following requirements:

1. You currently live outside New York State and:

  • have earned an associate degree in nursing; 
  • currently work as a licensed nurse outside New York State;
  • agree to relocate to New York State and obtain employment in a high need health care facility within 3 to 6 months of winning a “Nurses for our Future” Scholarship;
  • agree to pursue a BSN and enroll full-time or part-time in a BSN program at a New York State public college or university by fall 2023;
  • agree to work as a registered nurse in a high need facility in NYS for two years upon graduation, if enrolled full-time; and
  • Provide all required supplemental documentation to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation to determine eligibility for payment of the “Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship.

2. You currently live inside New York State and:

  • have earned an associate degree in nursing;
  • currently work as a licensed nurse inside New York State;
  • agree to pursue a BSN and enroll full-time or part-time in a BSN program at a New York State public college or university by spring 2023;
  • agree to work as a registered nurse in a high need facility in NYS for two years upon graduation, if enrolled full-time; and
  • Provide all required documentation to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation to determine eligibility for payment of the “Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship.

3. You currently live inside New York State and:

  • Agree to pursue an associate degree in nursing full-time at a New York State public college or university by fall 2022;
  • Agree to work as a registered nurse in a high need facility in NYS for two years upon graduation; and
  • Provide all required documentation to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation to determine eligibility for payment of the “Nurses For Our Future” Scholarship. 

Only one valid entry will be accepted per participant. Duplicate entries will be removed prior to the drawing.

Apply for the “Nurses for Our Future” scholarship. By successfully sending a completed online form, each participant will be entered into a drawing for the available scholarships. For more information, visit:

https://www.governor.ny.gov/programs/nurses-our-future-scholarship.  Application deadline June 14, 2022.

NY HESC Part-Time Tuition Assistance Program (PTAP) Changes

2022-2023 budget eliminates the prior full-time enrollment requirement, thereby expanding the Part-time Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to cover all otherwise TAP-eligible students enrolled in six or more credits at a SUNY, CUNY, or not-for-profit independent college.

Recognizing that many students need access to effective training courses to upskill in their current careers, the Enacted Budget also expands the Part-time Tuition Assistance Program to support part-time students in non-degree training programs at community colleges that directly lead to employment or advancement in a significant industry, as identified by the New York State Department of Labor's Statewide Significant Industries Report.

New York is home to the Nation's first accessible college program – The Excelsior Scholarship Program

Under this groundbreaking initiative, the Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student-financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

Recipients of the Excelsior Scholarship may receive up to $5,500 or actual tuition, whichever is less. The maximum Excelsior Scholarship will be reduced by the amount of certain other student financial aid awards which an applicant has or will receive for the academic year including a New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award and/or federal Pell grant.

A supplemental Excelsior Tuition Credit award will be added to the Excelsior Scholarship if the tuition is not fully covered by the Excelsior Scholarship, TAP, Pell and all other grants and scholarships.

A recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship is eligible to receive award payments for not more than two years of full-time undergraduate study in a program leading to an associate's degree or four years of full-time undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years in a program leading to a bachelor's degree.

You must live in New York State for the length of time you received the award. Failure to meet these requirements will result in the conversion of your award to a no-interest loan.

To complete the application you will need:

  • Copies of 2020 New York State income tax return(s) filed by you and your parent(s) or your spouse, as applicable.
  • Total amount of Child Support received in 2020, if applicable.
  • Your current unofficial college transcript showing the number of credits you earned each year prior to applying for this program if you have previously attended college.
  • Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you received when you filed your completed FASFA.

Fall 2022 Application Deadline: August 31st 2022

An applicant must:

  • be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have either graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test, as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • have a combined 2020 federal adjusted gross income and Child Support received of $125,000 or less;
  • be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University;<
  • be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete/pass at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program;
  • if attended college prior to the 2022-23 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying for an Excelsior Scholarship;
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by a NYS award that you have previously received; and
  • execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.

FAFSA and Financial Aid Processing changes for 2022-23

For the 2022-23 academic year, the FAFSA can be filed as early as October 1st 2021 and will be based on the Tax and income information of two years back. For 2022-23, you will be reporting income from 2020.

We will continue to use DegreeWorks for monitoring credits that apply toward your current program for Federal and State Financial Aid eligibility.

There is currently a "pause" on verification requirements in certain circumstances. Please check OASIS to see if you have any required paperwork outstanding.

Only courses that apply to your current academic program can be included to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid. Now that DegreeWorks has been implemented at our campus, we will be using the information from your DegreeWorks audit to determine your applicable credits for each term. At the time of registration and PRIOR TO THE START OF EACH SEMESTER, while you still have the opportunity to make course changes, if necessary, it is in your best interest to review your DegreeWorks audit to verify the number of applicable credits. Specifically, ensure that none of your In Progress (IP) registered credits are showing in Not Applicable, Not Counted, nor Courses Not Used sections. If you see any discrepancies or have any questions about a specific course, please consult with your academic advisor or department. All curriculum changes or other adjustments must be submitted prior to the end of the Drop/Add period.

If you began before Fall 2012, however, your DegreeWorks audit may not be accurate and will need to be reviewed manually by your department.

For TAP/NY State aid ONLY, if you are a graduating senior in your last or next to last semester, as determined by your needing no additional coursework other than the courses for which you are registered, and you need less than 12 credits to meet your degree requirements, we may include additional non-applicable credits for which you are registered to determine your full-time status. Also, courses that apply to your minor or second major ONLY cannot be included.

Your TAP award is not official, however, until the Certifying Officer has verified that you meet all other eligibility requirements. Please click on the Academic Standards tab on our webpage or click http://www.farmingdale.edu/financial-aid/academic-standards.shtml to learn more about academic eligibility requirements for TAP.

Please visit the Degree Works and Financial Aid Applicable credits tab from our webpage or click http://www.farmingdale.edu/financial-aid/degreeworks-financial-aid.shtml to learn more about DegreeWorks and applicable credits requirements.

Direct Student Loan Programs

New Borrower Confirmation Process

Annual Student Loan Acknowledgement (ASLA) 

Beginning Summer 2022, all Direct Loan (DL) borrowers (students and parents) should confirm they have viewed the ASLA before their loans are disbursed. 

This new acknowledgement is designed to assist borrowers in understanding the financial responsibility of funding their education.  Borrowers will see a user-friendly interface to view cumulative loan balance and their repayment obligation. Available on studentaid.gov.

On April 6, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) extended COVID-19 emergency relief for student loans through Aug. 31, 2022. The emergency relief includes the following measures for eligible loans:

  • a suspension of loan payments
  • a 0% interest rate
  • stopped collections on defaulted loans

Effective for Loans with a First Disbursement on or after July 1, 2022 but before July 1, 2023

All subsidized and unsubsidized loans made to undergraduate students will have a fixed interest rate of 4.99%. All unsubsidized Loans for Graduate students will have a fixed interest rate of 6.54%.

  • For loans with a first disbursement on or after:
    • October 1, 2022, the lender withholds 1.057% from the borrowed amount for loan origination fees, prior to disbursement.

PLUS loans for Parents and Graduate students will have an interest rate of 7.54%.

  • For loans whose first disbursement date is on or after:
    • October 1, 2022, the lender withholds 4.288% from the borrowed amount for loan origination fees, prior to disbursement.
  • Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act. This language would allow federal student loan borrowers, including Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP), Perkins, and Direct Loan borrowers, who are receiving cancer treatment to receive interest-free deferment on their federal loan payments while undergoing treatment for cancer and in the six months following treatment.

                   1. Only available to loans disbursed on or after 9/28/18 or loans in repayment as of that date.

                   2. Loans disbursed prior to 9/28 that have not yet entered into repayment are not eligible.

Federal Pell Grant Program

Award Eligibility and Award Amounts

2022-23, the maximum Pell Grant is $6,895 for the year, and the cutoff for eligibility is for students with an EFC of 6206 or lower for full-time students. 

Year-Round Pell

Beginning in the 2017-18 year, you can receive 150% of your yearly Pell Grant award if you attend more than two terms. You must, however, be enrolled in at least 6 credits which apply toward your academic program in the term which brings your award over 100%.

Pell Recalculation Policy

Schools must recalculate Pell Grants based on the number of credits enrolled in at a prescribed Pell Recalculation Date. We will review your enrollment at the end of the drop/add period of each Part of term (session) within a semester and including the Winter term as a Part of Term for the Spring semester. A Pell Grant may be reduced or increased based on changes in enrollment.

If you have any questions about how these changes could impact you, please contact the financial aid administrator or call 1-800-4-FED-AID.

Last Modified 7/19/22