Many students use loans from the federal government to help pay for higher education. Unlike grants, loans must be repaid, with interest.
A loan is a serious obligation with lasting consequences. Think about the total amount you'll have to repay over the years before taking out a loan.
Your FAFSA is your gateway to all federal loans, and must be completed before applying for them.
Keep in mind that your financial aid package from SUNY Delhi will contain maximum loan awards. You do not have to accept the maximum loan. You can reduce it, and may want to if you don't anticipate using all of it. You can read more about all of the following loans at www.studentloans.gov.
- Federal Perkins Loan: This is a long-term loan with a 5 percent interest rate and a repayment period of 10 years. Repayment must begin within nine months of graduation.
- Federal Direct Stafford Loan: This is another long-term, low-interest loan based on student need. Learn more about the Stafford Loan.
- Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: This is similar to the Stafford Loan, but without the financial need requirement. Many students receive both. While the U.S. Department of Education pays the interest on a Stafford Loan while you're in school and for a six-month grace period after you graduate, interest on the Direct Unsubsidized Loan will begin accruing immediately. Learn more about the Direct Unsubsidized Loan.
- Federal Direct Parent Loan (PLUS): This is a federal loan, based on financial need, to help parents contribute to the education of their dependent students. Note that this requires a separate application by the parent. Learn more.
Financial Aid Steps
- Keep them in a safe place. You’ll need them throughout the financial aid process
- You have to file for FAFSA each year that you are enrolled, and you will use the same FSA IDs each time.
- How to apply for a FSA ID
File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using that FSA ID. The FAFSA serves as the basis for most financial aid available at SUNY Delhi. We recommend you file as soon as possible after January 1.
When prompted, list SUNY Delhi on your FAFSA using the federal school code 002857.
To qualify for campus-based student aid (aid that’s awarded from limited pools of funding at SUNY Delhi each year), we recommend filing by Feb. 15. Applications filed after that will still be processed, but your chances of receiving all possible campus-based funds may be diminished.
Start here: http://fafsa.ed.gov
For a little extra guidance, watch this video: “7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA”
NOTE: About one-third of FAFSA applications are selected for verification. That will mean submitting some extra documents, which SUNY Delhi will request.
Filing the FAFSA online is recommended and speeds the aid process. But if you want, you can request a paper application by calling 1-800-4FEDAID. We do not have paper applications at SUNY Delhi.
Apply for state aid.
If you’re a New York State resident, you can apply for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) at https://www.tapweb.org after you’ve filed your FAFSA. This should be done within two to three days of filing the FAFSA, if not immediately afterward. You’ll see a link to the TAP application on the FAFSA submission confirmation page.
You’ll need one of the following SUNY Delhi TAP codes:
- 3020 for certificate and associate degree programs
- 6020 for bachelor degree programs
Once your application has been processed you’ll receive a TAP/State Scholarship Award Notice. If additional information is needed to process your TAP award, you’ll receive a Request for Information from the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC). Be sure to respond to this request immediately to avoid processing delays.
See what financial aid you qualify for.
- Activate your SUNY Delhi email account.
- Make sure you have your student 800 number (or Social Security number) and student PIN at the ready. You should have received both in your acceptance letter.
- You’ll receive instructions via email for how to access your FAFSA Award Notification, which tells you what you’ve qualified for, within two days of filing your FAFSA. BroncoWeb allows you to review, accept, decline and adjust your SUNY Delhi financial aid award package. You do not have to simply accept all of what is offered to you. Learn more about accepting or declining your award.
- Check this email regularly, as the Financial Aid Office will use it to follow up on applications, send forms and request additional documents. It’s important that you reply promptly. You don’t want to miss out on financial aid opportunities because you forgot to check your email.
- You can also check the status of your TAP awards at http://hesc.ny.gov.