Find the most up-to-date information below regarding 2024-2025 FAFSA, financial aid status and processing updates:

  • We are consistently receiving 2024-2025 FAFSA results now!  You will be contacted via email with directions to log in to Self-Service if you have items required of you.  
  • Students can now make corrections to their FAFSA for 2024-2025, however the Department of Education has not yet begun allowing schools to make corrections.  Therefore, if corrections to your FAFSA are necessary, your financial aid may be delayed until this is made available to us.
  • We have begun sending award letters for 2024-2025 to students!  Processing time is approximately 2 weeks from the point we receive all necessary information and documents for us to package and notify you via email.
  • Students who have excess financial aid for the summer term should not expect a refund until mid-July.
  • New York State residents: Once you have received notification from the FAFSA Processing System that your FAFSA has been processed, you may complete and submit your New York State TAP application at NYS Higher Education Services Corporation.  You will also receive an email from them notifying you of this.

Empire State University is here to help you through! The summer 2024 term payment deadline has been extended to August 15, 2024.

Register today for one of SUNY's FAFSA Completion events to get your FAFSA submitted for 2024-2025 if you have not already!

Please keep in mind this is not just affecting Empire State University students; this is nationwide for all students/families and all institutions.  We are all in this together and we will do all we can as quick as possible once the U.S. Department of Education begins processing and sending results for the 2024-2025 year.  We ask for patience during this delay.  If you have questions and would like to stop-in to a question/answer period hosted by the Financial Aid Office to ask your question, please link to one of the sessions below.  

Tues: June 4, 11, 18, 25 from 12-1pm and Wed: June 5, 12, 26 from 6-7pm



What is causing the delay for 2024-2025?

Big changes are happening with the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! The changes are part of the FAFSA simplification process to make federal aid more accessible for students and families. Here are some of the major changes:

  • Rather than opening in October, the 2024-2025 FAFSA wasn't made available until December 2023. After the 2024-2025 aid year, the FAFSA will once again be available in October.
  • There are fewer questions and requirements on the new 2024-2025 FAFSA, coined the Better FAFSA.  The FAFSA experience is interactive and offers a virtual assistant to answer any questions the applicants have while applying.  Video resources are also available to assist students and their families in applying.
  • Students must provide consent and approval to retrieve and disclose federal tax information.  Failure to give consent and approval results in automatic denial and rejection of the student's FAFSA application and denial of any federal aid possibility.

  • "Contributors" consist of parent/guardians/other parents and/or spouses.  Each contributor is required to create their own FSA ID.  Legally married students and students deemed dependent are required to supply their contributors information on the FAFSA (legal name, social security number, date of birth and email). Each contributor is then contacted to give permission for their tax data and information to be retrieved and reported.  Failure to give permission results in automatic denial and rejection of the student's FAFSA application and denial of any federal financial aid possibility.
  • If parents are divorced or separated, the contributing parent(s) is the parent (and their spouse, if remarried) who have provided the greater portion of financial support to the student during the 12 months immediately prior to filing the FAFSA. It is not automatically the parent the student primarily lived with during the past 12 months. If both of your parents provided equal financial support to you during the 12 months immediately prior to filing the FAFSA, the contributing parent is whichever parent (and their spouse, if remarried) has the greater income and assets.
  • The need analysis formula to determine financial aid, formerly known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), will now be referred to as the Student Aid Index (SAI). Unlike the EFC, the SAI may be a negative number.
  • The number of family members in college will still be asked on the FAFSA; however, it will be excluded from the federal and state financial aid calculation.
  • The Student Aid Report (SAR) will now be referred to as the FAFSA Submission Summary. This is the summary submission document received after completing the FAFSA.
  • Students may list up to 20 schools on their FAFSA via the online application.
  • The adjustments to the new Student Aid Index (SAI) calculation will expand Federal Pell Grant eligibility to more undergraduate students and will link eligibility to family size and the federal poverty level.