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Eligibility for Financial Aid: 2017-2018

The Office of Financial Aid will determine your eligibility for the various types of aid available by reviewing the data you submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Most students who demonstrate need will receive some type of assistance. Grants, scholarships and low interest loans are usually restricted to students who meet specific financial eligibility requirements. Each financial aid program has different criteria for determining eligibility. Therefore, depending upon your particular circumstances, you may be eligible for the maximum award for one program, but not be eligible at all for aid from another.

We suggest that you follow these general steps in applying for aid to be sure that you are considered for as many sources of aid as possible:

  • Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after October 2016. This will allow you to be considered for all the types of aid that are offered by SUNY Downstate.
  • You must be officially admitted and matriculated in a program leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree (non-matriculated students are not eligible).
  • If you are a graduate student, you must have 5 or more credits to receive loans, 9 to receive grants.
  • If you are an undergraduate student, you must register for 6 or more credits each semester to receive aid.
  • Undergraduate students who meet the Pell Grant eligibility must be registered for 3 or or more credits. An undergraduate student is considered full-time for aid purposes with 12 or more credits per semester.
  • There are limited institutional grants for prior Educational Opportunity Grant (EOP) students in SUNY Downstate graduate programs.
  • If you wish to be considered for Institutional scholarships and/or grants, you must include your parent's asset and income information in the purple section of the FAFSA, even if you are "independent". Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more details.
  • Check to see if there are any private sources of financial aid that may be available to you. We also have an Outside Scholarship list.
  • Arrange for a summer or part-time job that will allow you to save money for your education. Remember: You will be expected to report all earnings, savings and/or non-retirement investment vehicles on your FAFSA.

Through the submission of the FAFSA, your eligibility must be confirmed through federal database matches with:

    • Social Security Administration (the match verifies social security number, name, date of birth and citizenship status)
    • Immigration and Naturalization Services (reports on non-citizen eligibility for aid)
    • Selective Service Administration (reports on compliance to selective service registration requirement for males)
    • National Student Loan Database System (reports students with a federal loan default or federal grant repayment requirement who are not eligible for further federal aid at any school until the default or repayment is cleared).
  • Other requirements may apply - you will be notified by the Financial Aid Office if any apply to you.