Note: 2018-2019 academic year includes Fall 2018, Spring 2019, and Summer 2019
Note: 2017-2018 academic year includes Fall 2017, Spring 2018, and Summer 2018
IRS Tax Return Transcript (For 2018-2019, request the 2016 Tax Return Transcript; For 2017-18, request the 2015 Tax Return Transcript)
Students are strongly advised to always exhaust federal aid before applying for private loans. Students that do not submit a FAFSA and apply for a private loan, must complete Alternative Loan Counseling (below).
POLICY CHANGE EFFECTIVE MARCH 2018
Pursuant of the FY 2018 Omnibus Spending Bill, signed into law March 2018, financial aid offices are permitted to share a student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data and award eligibility data with the following types of organizations:
The law (Section 483(a)(3)(E) of the Higher Education Act, as amended) continues to allow aid administrators to share pertinent FAFSA data to administer federal, state, or institutional aid.
Any other requests to share FAFSA data, even with signed consent, cannot be honored, in accordance with the Department of Education's Privacy and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) guidance regarding the sharing of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data.
Students that need to release their financial aid award eligibility or other FAFSA data to a private organization that is not for a scholarship or tribal purpose must use the following methods:
Educational Testing Service (ETS) offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we review your account to determine if you qualify for the fee reduction certificate. If you are eligible, we will print your certificate and notify you via your Buffalo State email address to pick up the certificate at our office in Moot Hall 230. You must bring photo identification to pick up the certificate. If you are not eligible, we will notify you via email.
You will need to mail the certificate and a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) to ETS. To print a copy of your SAR
Cross Registration allows full time undergraduate Buffalo State students to cross register for an additional course at another approved institution. Please see the Registrar’s Office for additional information. Graduate students may also be eligible under certain circumstances as well.
Buffalo State students that are participating in a National Student Exchange Program or an International Exchange Program (approved by the Office of International Education) will have their eligible federal and state financial aid processed by Buffalo State. Students may only receive federal and state aid from one institution per semester. Once our office has been notified that you have been accepted into an approved program, we will notify your host institution by sending them a consortium agreement that you will receive your aid through Buffalo State. Please note it is the responsibility of the student to pay all charges accrued at the host institution. Buffalo State does not forward any aid on behalf of the student.
For incoming students to Buffalo State on an approved program, if your home institution requires you to have our institution complete a consortium agreement, please use the following contact information:
Buffalo State Financial Aid
1300 Elmwood Ave – Moot Hall 230
Buffalo, NY 14222
The Visiting Student Program is managed by the Registrar's Office and students must complete the Request for Visiting Student Program Status form. This form ensures students take transferrable courses and that financial aid is coordinated between the two schools. Typically, only students with extenuating circumstances may utilize the Visiting Student program. Please contact the Registrar's Office for more information.
Students wishing to transfer from Buffalo State College to another SUNY campus may apply to have the application fee waived for their first four (4) campus choices. To do so, complete the following:
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