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Welcome to Financial Aid


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 The Financial Aid Office plays a major role in providing access to post-secondary education for students by assisting them in receiving grants, work, and loans to finance their higher education. The Financial Aid Office serves as a student advocate, while also advancing institutional policy and objectives within the framework of rules and regulations governing state, federal and private funding sources of aid to whom it must account for the expenditure of funds. Any student accepted into a degree or certificate program and taking one or more classes may apply for financial aid. 


Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Financial Aid Office is only available via email until further notice.  As always, many forms can be submitted electronically and documents and inquiries may be submitted via email to finaid@sunyorange.edu.  USPS mail will be processed but delayed while our office is working remotely.  Please note that forms indicating "original must be submitted to Financial Aid Office" can be mailed to the following address:  Financial Aid Office, SUNY Orange, 115 South Street, Middletown, NY  10940.  Please be sure to include your student ID # on all documentation and correspondence.


The FAFSA requires prior-prior year (PPY) tax return information. This means you will use your and your parent(s) (if a dependent student) 2018 Tax Return Transcript or SIGNED 2018 tax return to complete the application process.  If you have already filed your taxes for 2018 you should be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). This allows you to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA. The federal deadline to submit your online FAFSA form for the 2020/2021 academic year is June 30, 2021.  The deadline for the 2019/2020 academic year is June 30, 2020. (Any corrections or updates must by submitted by September 12, 2020.)


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to qualify for most federal student aid available at SUNY Orange. You must submit a FAFSA form for each academic year in which you want to be considered for federal student aid. The first step required is to obtain an FSA ID.  This is a username and password that gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and serves as your legal signature.  You can use your FSA ID to sign a FAFSA right away.  When completing your FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to access the IRS tax return information needed. Once the FAFSA is successfully submitted, a confirmation page will be available for your records. There will be conditions that must be met at our school in order for federal financial aid to be awarded. Students can only receive grants, loans and work study if they are a matriculated (degree-seeking) student. 


If your FAFSA is selected for verification, a financial aid administrator will request copies of documentation such as income tax returns or transcripts, W-2 statements, and forms to verifiy the data submitted on your application.  Any required documentation and/or forms must be submitted before we can process the aid you have been offered. It is imperative that you respond promptly to our request for outstanding requirements. Failure to satisfy outstanding requirements will prevent your financial aid from being finalized and applied to your student account.  Please check your outstanding financial aid requirements regularly on eBanner through your MySUNYOrange account. **Please note, students will only have access to their MySUNYOrange account once the Admissions process is complete.**


The U.S. Department of Education's federal student loan program is the Williiam D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program.  Under this program, the U.S. Department of Education is your lender.  There are different types of Direct Loans available:  

  • Direct Subsidized Loans are loans made to eligible undergaduate students who demonstrate financial need
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans are loans made available to eligible undergradtuate, graduate, and professional students, but eligibility is not based on financial need.
  • Direct PLUS Loans are loans made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid.  Eligibility is not based on financial need, but a credit check is required. 

To apply for a federal student loan, you must first complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form.  Based on the results of your FAFSA Form, the Financial Aid Office will prepare a financial aid offer, which may include federal student loans.  Before you receive your loan funds, you will be required to:

  • complete entrance counseling, a tool to ensure you understand your obligation to repay the loan; and
  • sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN), agreeing to the terms of the loan; and
  • submit confirmation of completion of the entrance counseling and MPN. Please forward the confirmation email(s) you receive from Federal Student Aid to finaid@sunyorange.edu referencing your student ID #.


If you are a New York State resident attending SUNY Orange, you may qualify for grants and scholarships from New York State, such as: 

  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Part-time TAP
  • NYS Aid for Part-time Study
  • Excelsior Scholarship
  • Additional NYS Scholarships


SUNY Orange offers a number of summer sessions of differing lengths in an effort to be responsive to the needs of the student body. If you plan on taking summer classes, registration will begin in November 2019. Summer financial aid differs from the fall and spring semesters. Students have two options for receiving their Summer 2020 Federal Pell Grant:

  • Option 1: Use any leftover Pell eligibility from the 2019/2020 aid year
  • Option 2: Use your 2020/2021 Pell eligibility to pay for Summer 2020, which would result in reducing the amount of Pell money you would receive for the Spring 2021 semester. 
Students applying for federal financial aid for the summer semester 2020 must: 

Financial Aid information and requirements can seem overwhelming at first, so we have a series of videos throughout our site that will help explain the different options available to you. The How to Can I Pay For College video below is a good place to start!


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