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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 study, 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 available via phone, email, or by appointment only.  You can also request an appointment by emailing our office at finaid@sunyorange.edu. Appointments are held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday either by Zoom, Phone, or In-Person.

In-Person appointments will be limited to one (1) person and a Financial Aid Adminstrator. Masks are required to be worn at all times.   You must have a valid photo ID with you for in-person appointments.

Many forms and documents can be submitted electronically, and securely, through the mySUNYOrange student portal. Please do not send documentation containing personally identifable information (PII) such as social security numbers, date of birth, etc., via email.

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 include your student ID # and name on all documentation and correspondence.


SUNY Orange takes protection and privacy of all student data very seriously and is takes every measure to protect your personal data appropriately. Institutions must use reasonable methods to identify and authenticate the identity of those who access records.  SUNY Orange is committed to maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of education records as required by Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).

Students: In order to speak with the Financial Aid Office, via phone, chat, or zoom, you must set up a Proxy Authorization with Passphrase (Proxy) via mySUNYOrange student portal. 

Parents/Guardians/Others:  If you wish to speak to the Financial Aid Office, the student must complete a Proxy Authorization with Passphrase (PROXY) and a FERPA Record Release with the Registrars Office.

Click here for a short video on How to Set up Proxy Authorization with Passphrase.

Click here for a more informaton regarding Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).

**Please note, students will only have access to their MySUNYOrange account once the Admissions process is complete.**

FAFSA UPDATES (2021-2022)    

The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available now.  If you have yet to file, we strongly enourage you do so. To apply for federal financial aid, visit https://studentaid.gov/.

The FAFSA requires prior-prior year (PPY) tax return information. This means you will use your and your parent(s) (if a dependent student) 2019 Tax Return Transcript or SIGNED 2019 1040 Federal Tax return to complete the application process. 

If you have already filed your taxes for 2019 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 2021-2022 academic year is June 30, 2022.  The deadline for the 2020-2021 academic year is June 30, 2021. Any corrections or updates must by submitted by September 12, 2021.

For more information regarding FEDERAL deadlines, visit here: FAFSA® Deadlines



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. 

The FAFSA is available on October 1 for the next academic year.  For example, for those students who want to/will be attending SUNY Orange for Fall 2021-Spring 2022, the FAFSA was made available on October 1, 2020.  For those looking to attend Fall 2022-Spring 2021, the FAFSA will be available October 1, 2021.



Changes to the Verification Requirements for the 2021-22 Academic Year

On July 13, 2021, the US Department of Education (ED) announced that for the 2021-22 award year only, verification of students’ FAFSA data will be waived.  The goal is to provide relief to students financially challenged by the pandemic and to reduce barriers to enrollment for millions of low-income students to access financial aid. 

What Does This Mean for You?

Although federal verification has been waived for the 2021-2022 award year, schools are still required to review the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for conflicting information. You may still be required to submit verification documentation to resolve any conflicts. Inceptia will reach out to the student to collect additional documentation in order to resolve any conflicting information. If no conflicts are identified, requirements will be waived.

If you were selected to verify your High School Completion Status, Identify, and Statement of Educational Purpose, by the Department of Education (ED), you are required to complete the required worksheet from INCEPTIA and submit documentation to SUNY Orange for review. This portion of verification has not been waived.

Please refer to your mySUNYOrange E-Banner for any outstanding requirements. All items must be completed prior to aid authorization and disbursement. Incomplete files can result in a late fee, holds, or even being dropped from your courses


If your FAFSA is selected for Federal Verification, you are required to submit 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.

Starting for the 2021-2022 aid year, we are pleased to announce we have established a partnership with Inceptia to expedite the federal verification process for SUNY Orange County Community College. Verification Gateway (VG) from Inceptia is an online portal to guide students and parents through verification.

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 your federal loans can disburse to your account,  the student will be required to:

  • Accept their loan offer on their MySUNYOrange
  • Complete a Federal Direct Loan Entrance Counseling, a tool to ensure you understand your obligation to repay the loan; and
  • E-sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN), agreeing to the terms of the loan
  • 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 Name and 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 during the Spring semester.

Summer financial aid differs from the fall and spring semesters. Students have two options for receiving their Summer Federal Pell Grant:

  • To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, students must be otherwise eligible to receivePell Grant funds for the payment period and must be enrolled at least half time (6+ credits). 
  • Those not enrolled at least half-time can still use Pell Grant funds, but it will decrease the amount in the following spring semester.
Students applying for federal financial aid for Summer 2021 must: 

NYS TAP Grant may be an option if you enroll in at least 6 credits for the summer term and earned at least 24 credits at SUNY Orange in the two terms preceding the summer. TAP may also be used if you enroll in 12 or more credits during the summer semester. You must file the new academic year’s FAFSA and Express TAP Application (ETA) to be eligible for summer TAP.

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!


If you are having trouble viewing the videos above, or have an audio or visual impairment, click here for our low bandwidth version.