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Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office is committed to helping you identify the financial resources for which you may be eligible. Our staff will assist you and your family in developing financial plans to pay for an extraordinary future investment - your college education. Our financial aid office is part of the One Stop.

Need help? 

Contact One Stop via email or by phone at (315) 267-2943. Virtual "walk-in" support is also available. Learn More

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Stay Connected: Federal Student Aid on Facebook
The official Facebook page of the U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid. For more information, go online.

Is it your first time applying for financial aid?
Check out the Federal Student Aid video about the FAFSA Form and FSA ID Tips for Parents.

Chat with a Financial Aid Counselor

Our financial aid counselors are available to speak with students virtually about all financial aid related questions. These sessions are 30 minutes in length and are hosted via Microsoft Teams. Register Online!

What's New

  • The Summer Financial Aid Application for Summer 2023 courses is now available! All students who wish to utilize financial aid for a summer session must complete the application to be considered. Students may complete the application here: Summer Aid Information and Application
  • Reminder: It's time to file your FAFSA for the 2023-2024 Academic Year.
  • Parent Loan: Are you a parent applying for a 2023-2024 Federal Direct Parent Loan? The Parent Loan is expected to open on April 1, 2023.
  • Selected for Federal Verification? For more information, click here.
  • Pell Image

    Students who have never received Excelsior and wish to apply should sign up for alerts from HESC to be notified when the application for 23-24 will open. The application typically opens in May and closes in August. Returning Excelsior students do not need to fill out this application and will instead complete their FAFSA and TAP applications for 23-24. View this website for more information and the application. 

  • Returning Excelsior students who would like the semester they had a break in attendance or reduced course load to be reviewed for continued eligibility should submit this form with the required documentation.
  • The White House recently announced a program to help make high speed internet more affordable to households, including those with Pell Grant recipients. The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which was authorized in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, provides households a $30 monthly discount on internet services, as well as a one-time $100 discount towards a computer.
  • Apply for SNAP benefits today!  Under regular SNAP eligibility requirements, students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education are typically ineligible for SNAP benefits unless they meet certain specific exemptions. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 temporarily expands SNAP eligibility to include students who either:

    • Are eligible to participate in state or federally financed work-study during the regular academic year, as determined by the institution of higher education; or

    • Have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $0 in the current academic year, which includes students who are eligible for a maximum Pell Grant.

The pandemic health emergency will end on May 11, 2023, which means the extra SNAP exemptions will end 30 days later. Importantly, students who submit their SNAP applications after June 10, 2023, will be processed under the previous (and more limited) SNAP rules.

Quick Links

  • To complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
    Federal Title IV School Code: 002850
  • To complete your TAP application (New York State Tuition Assistance Program).
    Select SUNY Potsdam (SUC Potsdam)
  • Need to complete loan requirements (Promissory Note, Exit or Entrance Counseling)?
  • Need to complete a form (Status Change, Budget Adjustment and more)?
  • Expecting a refund?
    Refunds are processed by the Student Accounts Office on the 4th floor of Raymond Hall.
  • Financial Aid not showing up on your bill?
    Check here before you pick up the phone.
  • Need to submit documentation to our office?
    Access secure file drop location here.