Apply for Financial Aid via FAFSA
Families may need to explore financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships and work study to help finance their college student’s education. Binghamton University’s Office of Financial Aid Services is committed to helping you and your family in evaluating your options.
How do you apply for aid? The first thing you need to know are these five letters: F-A-F-S-A. They stand for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. FAFSA is the federal form that’s used to determine the amount a family should be able to pay for college. It’s definitely worth filling out a FAFSA online, even if you don’t think you’re eligible for need-based aid.
Because this is the only way to potentially land a piece of the more than 80 billion dollars the federal government provides in grants, loans and work-study programs each year to college students.
Benefit at Binghamton University by completing the FAFSA
Based on your successful completion of the FAFSA, you may be eligible for:
- Grants -- money that does not have to be repaid
- Loans -- borrowed money that must be repaid
- Federal Work Study (FWS) -- money earned by working a part-time job on or off campus
- Scholarships -- free money, awarded by Institution or outside source
Important: To have the best shot at all financial aid funding available, submit your FAFSA by the Binghamton recommended filing dates below. If tax information is not ready, simply estimate and update with actual numbers later using the IRS Data Retrieval process, if eligible.
- New students: February 1 for fall admission; November 15 for spring admission.
- Continuing students: April 1
- Graduate students: July 1
New York State Residents:
“TAP” into additional aid
If you’re a resident of New York state and are or will be an undergraduate student, you MAY be eligible for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards. After filing your FAFSA, you will be able to link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA confirmation page.
You must include Binghamton’s school codes or you will not be eligible for TAP.
To remain eligible for state and/or federal financial aid, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Educational Opportunity Program
As a public university, we are committed to providing opportunity to talented students regardless of their background. Working through the State Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Binghamton University provides economic and support services for New York State students from educationally and economically disadvantaged circumstances. Learn more about the EOP.
How to complete the FAFSA
- You (and one of your parents or guardians) can request a PIN from the U.S. Department of Education. With a PIN you can apply and “sign” the FAFSA online, check the status of your submitted FAFSA, and make corrections or revisions.
- Make sure you have your Social Security number (SSN) available. Your application will not be processed without it!
- Use the FAFSA worksheet, available online www.fafsa.ed.gov; this tool will help you gather the information needed on the official FAFSA.
- Submit your FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Make note of state and college deadlines because these can differ from the federal deadline. Also, some colleges may require an additional financial aid application.
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Tips on applying for financial aid
-Apply for aid early. The priority deadline for fall is February 1 for new students and April 1 for current students. For spring it’s November 15 for all students.
-The new IRS Data Retrieval Tool pulls accurate tax data directly from your tax return into your FAFSA.
-Be organized! Maintain a file of your financial aid materials
-Keep your current (local) and permanent addresses up-to-date in BU BRAIN.
-Check your Binghamton email account - all important university communications are sent there.