Financial Aid
Application Procedures

Application Tips
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students

Special Students

   (Co-op, Early Admission, Early Decision,
   International, Part-time, Summer School,
   Study Abroad and Away, and Transfer Students)

Application Tips
Incomplete applications will delay your application processing and the payment of aid awards. Please note the following to avoid the most common reasons for an incomplete application.

Zero is a valid number for financial aid forms. Enter zero for all dollar value application questions which do not apply to you.

Signatures are important. Generally, a signature is required by each person for whom information is reported on an application.

Respond promptly to requests for additional information or clarification of application data. The federal processor, state agencies, and the Financial Aid Office stop application processing until the requested information is received.

Make sure the student's name and Social Security Number are clearly marked on any correspondence or document sent to the AU Financial Aid Office.

Undergraduate Students
Undergraduate Freshmen - This section applies to students who have never attended college and are considered first year undergraduates. Alfred's Financial Aid Application Packet is automatically mailed to students upon receipt of their Application for Admission.

Application Priority Deadlines-For fall semester enrollment, Alfred University's priority application deadline is March 15 for freshman students. However, applications should be filed as soon as possible after January 1. The priority application deadlines apply to both the FAFSA and Alfred University Financial Aid Application. Early decision students refer to the "special students" section below. Financial aid is awarded to accepted students with complete aid applications on a rolling basis as long as funding permits. It is to the student's advantage to apply early. Estimated financial data may initially be reported on the FAFSA and subsequently updated. Alfred University will verify the actual income figures for enrolled students.

To be considered for all financial aid administered and awarded by Alfred University, all students are required to complete the Application for Admission, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Alfred University Financial Aid Application (AU AP), and their home state's scholarship/grant application. Refer to Filing Forms.

Undergraduate Students Returning to Alfred University - A student's eligibility for all University, federal, and state need-based financial aid is evaluated on an annual basis. Students wishing to apply for funding must complete the financial aid application process for each academic year they are requesting aid. To apply for University need-based aid and University-awarded federal need-based aid, returning undergraduate students must complete both the Alfred University Financial Aid Application (AU AP) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 15 for the following academic year. Federal, state and University need-based aid is not automatically renewed. All current recipients of these types of need-based aid, or students interested in these aid programs, must apply every year. Refer to Filing Forms. Applications are available at the Financial Aid Office in December.

Alfred University Academic Scholarship recipients, with the exception of National Merit Scholarship recipients, who do not wish to be considered for any other form of aid do not need to submit any financial aid applications. National Merit Scholarship recipients are required to submit the FAFSA, AU AP, and their home state's grant application for renewal. Refer to Filing Forms.

Only if you did not borrow a Federal Direct Loan (FDL) at Alfred University during a previous academic year and and wish to do so for the current academic year, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office. Identify yourself as a returning AU student who has not previously borrowed FDL at AU and request an FDL Master Promissory Note Application Packet.

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Graduate Students
New and continuing graduate students should apply for graduate assistantships through the Graduate School and the specific graduate program director. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students.

Graduate students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Alfred University Financial Aid Application (AU AP) to be evaluated for their Direct Loan eligibility. Refer to Filing Forms.

If you did not borrow a Federal Direct Loan (FDL) at Alfred University during a previous academic year and wish to do so for the current academic year, please contact the Student Financial Aid Office. Identify yourself as a returning AU graduate student who has not previously borrowed FDL at AU and request an FDL Master Promissory Note Application Packet.

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Special Students

Co-op
Early Admission
Early Decision
International
Part-time
Summer School Students
Study Abroad and Away
Transfer

Co-op Students- Returning undergraduate students anticipating a co-op for a semester during the upcoming academic year must still complete the aid application process and meet deadlines as noted. Students on co-op assignment for a semester are considered engaged in a full-time educational learning experience. However, since student credits and tuition charges are less than half-time, aid eligibility is limited and not available under most aid programs.

Early Admission- Generally, to receive any type of federal or state financial aid, a student must have a high school diploma or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and be enrolled in a degree program. Students admitted to Alfred University as Special Students or under the Early Admission Program may not be eligible for federal and state aid programs.

Early Decision Students- Freshmen who apply Early Decision to the University may receive a preliminary financial aid package based on the student's and parents' estimated financial aid information. Special financial aid application forms are provided to all Early Decision applicants. The deadline for a preliminary evaluation is December 15. Early Decision awards are finalized by completion and submission of the actual FAFSA after January 1, using actual income information. Alfred University will automatically mail the appropriate financial aid application materials after the student's Early Decision application for admission is received.

International Students- Financial aid and contact information.

Part-time Students- Part-time students should contact the Alfred University Student Financial Aid Office directly to discuss what financial aid options are available for their particular circumstances. Students are considered part-time if enrolled for less than 12 credit hours per semester.

Summer School Students- Financial assistance for the summer term is generally limited to the New York State TAP Grant, the Federal Pell
Grant, and the Federal Direct Loan. University awarded aid is expended during the academic year and not available for attendance during the summer. For the determination of your summer term financial aid eligibility, an appointment with a financial aid counselor during the preceding spring semester is necessary.

Study Abroad and Away Students- Students considering a study abroad/away experience should meet with a financial aid counselor, at least 60 days prior to making any enrollment commitment, to review financial aid options and procedures. This is extremely important because the student's current financial aid may not always apply to the intended study abroad/away program. Students planning to study abroad must first meet with the Alfred University International Programs Office prior to scheduling an appointment to review study abroad aid options with the Student Financial Aid Office. Students will need information from the International Programs Office for their financial aid appointment.

Transfer Students- Alfred University's Financial Aid Application Packet is automatically mailed to transfer students upon receipt of their Application for Admission.

For transfer students enrolling in the fall semester, the fall transfer regular decision priority application deadline is March 15. However, applications should be filed as soon as possible after January 1.

Midyear transfer students have an application priority date of December 1 before entering the spring semester. Transfer students should have their FAFSA and state grant records released to Alfred University. Students may contact their current Financial Aid Office or Alfred's Financial Aid Office for information on how to complete these procedures.

More undergraduate transfer student information.

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