Frequently Asked Questions
Will S grades count as satisfactory academic performance for financial aid purposes?
Yes. If you receive a grade of S, it will fulfill requirements for satisfactory academic progress for financial aid purposes. For more information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress, please refer here: Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress.
Will taking all of my courses S/U impact my financial aid eligibility?
Switching any or all courses to an S/U grading basis in spring 2020 will not, by itself, affect your financial aid eligibility. For more information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress, please refer here: Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress.
I rely on a merit-based scholarship. Do I need to earn letter grades in all of my courses?
Our general expectation is that funding organizations will be flexible for the spring 2020 semester; however, we recommend that students check with their funding source to be sure.
What if I am expecting a refund from funds (e.g. awards, grants, scholarship or loans)?
If money coming to you from awards, grants, scholarships and loans exceeds the amount you owe on your Bursar bill, the Bursar authorizes direct deposit or a refund check. We strongly recommend setting up direct deposit for student refunds to avoid delays. Instructions are available at the Office of the Bursar website.
Will my Pell Grant or Federal Direct Loan be affected?
The Department of Education has released emergency guidelines regarding the use of federal financial aid funds. As long as students are enrolled and working towards their degree, Pell, Federal Direct Loan and SEOG funding will not be impacted.
Will my New York state grant be impacted by online instruction?
Provided students continue to meet New York state’s full-time enrollment standards (12 credits), state aid will not change. If you are considering dropping a course, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 607-255-5145 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST) or email@example.com to discuss how that may impact your eligibility.
I receive VA benefits. How will those be impacted?
How do I apply for Summer Federal Work Study?
In order to qualify for Summer Federal Work Study, you must meet the following criteria:
- You have secured a paid position for Summer 2020
- You have submitted a FAFSA application for the 2020-2021 academic year demonstrating federal financial need
- You intend to register full time for Fall 2020
- You were registered full time for Spring 2020
If you meet the above criteria, please complete the Summer Federal Work Study Application.
I am concerned about being able to meet my summer savings expectation for financial aid. Will there be some flexibility for summer 2020 given rising unemployment?
We recognize that the changing state of the economy may have an impact on students’ ability to work over the summer and save towards their Student Contribution. University leadership is continuing to assess the situation.
What if I have concerns about contributing to my educational expenses for the upcoming year?
These are truly exceptional times and we know that the current conditions put financial stress on our students and families. As our community responds to the impact of COVID-19, know that our staff are committed to working with our students. Students and families who are experiencing a change in income due to COVID-19 are encouraged to review the options for appealing your aid decision.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
- Undergraduate and Graduate Program Financial Aid: 607-255-5145 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Law School: 607-255-5141 or email@example.com
- Johnson School: 607-255-0865 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Veterinary Medicine: 607-253-3700 or email@example.com
- You can contact the Office of the Bursar via phone or email at 607-255-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.