Graduate Financial Aid
FEDERAL AID PROGRAMS
Additional Aid Opportunities
- Private Loans
- Graduate Assistantships
- NYS Masters-in-Education Teacher Incentive Scholarship Program
Graduate students are eligible to receive federal aid upon completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). When filling out the FAFSA be sure to use school code 002844.
It is important to know how your enrollment status is evaluated in terms of financial aid eligibility. Note the bulleted items below:
- Graduate students must be enrolled 12 credit hours to be considered full-time for financial aid and billing purposes. For academic purposes nine credit hours constitutes a full-time course load. You must be enrolled at least half time (6 credits) in order to utilize Federal Direct Unsubsidized loans.
- For graduate assistants: 6 credit hours per semester is the minimum amount of credit hours required to be considered full-time for the receipt of federal aid with the exception of the federal TEACH Grant. The federal TEACH Grant award is based on actual enrolled credit hours per semester and is adjusted accordingly.
- For Department of Homeland Security (DHS) purposes: 9 credit hours is the minimum amount of credit hours in order to satisfy Department of Homeland Security immigration requirements.
Please notify the Financial Aid Office in writing if you will be enrolled less than full-time so that your aid can be adjusted. Also, as a rule, students should always check with the Financial Aid Office when considering a withdrawal from courses or the university.