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:
Important: To have the best shot at financial aid if you’re a new student, submit your FAFSA as soon as possible before February 1. If your parents or guardians do not have their tax information ready, they can simply estimate and then update with actual numbers. Students planning to enroll during the spring semester should file by November 15.
Note: April 1 is the suggested deadline for current students.
If you’re a resident of New York state and are or will be an undergraduate student, you’re eligible for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards. After filing your FAFSA, you will be able to link directly to the TAP application from your 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).
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. Click here to learn more.
Last Updated: 4/15/13