Applying for aid is a multi-step process which means there are several areas that errors can occur. Below describes the major areas where obstacles most frequently occur. Follow the links provided for a thorough discussion of each category.
The FAFSA is the student's application to all federal aid programs. Common errors induce:
Once the FAFSA is submitted, the student's information is matched to many federal databases. If any match is unsuccessful or reveals an eligibility issue, the student's FAFSA is flagged and cannot be processed until documentation is submitted which resolves the error.
Federal Eligibility Issues »
StudentAid: Eligibility Requirements »
The New York TAP Application is the student's application to the TAP program and a variety of other NYS scholarships. Common errors include not listing Buffalo State on the Application and missing signatures
TAP & APTS Application Errors »
Enrollment issues pertain to the student's matriculation status, the number of credit hours they are enrolled in, and if they are repeating courses. Notably, different rules exist for federal and state aid regarding repeating coursework.
Enrollment Issues »
To maintain eligibility for federal and state financial aid (including loans), students must maintain certain academic standards. In addition, withdrawing from individuals courses or the entire semester can have significant financial consequences.
Academic Progress and Withdrawals »
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