Applying for Financial Aid
Applying for financial aid is a multi-stepped process and there are separate applications for federal and state financial aid programs.
The first step is to obtain the required applications and submit them to the appropriate processing agencies.
You do not have to be admitted to the college to file your financial aid applications.
In fact, we recommend that you complete and submit your application as soon after
January 1st as possible and before March 15th.
We have limited additional federal campus-based aid. To be considered for one of these programs (Federal College Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants) your application must be submitted to the Federal Aid Processor by March 15.
How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid
To apply you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA form.
- Apply for a Federal PIN number to use as your electronic signature at www.pin.ed.gov. Both student and parent need their own pin numbers. You will receive your PIN number typically within 3 days (if sent by email and separate email addresses must be used by the parent and student).
- Gather all family income documentation for the appropriate tax year. This includes student and parents tax returns, W-2's, and any untaxed income documentation.
- If you have not filed your taxes yet and your income has not changed much in the past year, we recommend using estimates based on your income for the previous year. Once you file your taxes you can correct the information. It is important to file your FAFSA as early as possible as the limited campus-based aid programs run out of funds quickly!
- Apply for Federal Financial Aid electronically at FAFSA on the Web (they are no longer issuing paper applications). You can print a worksheet to assist in preparing to complete the online application. Computers are available for student use in the Student Service Center.
NYS Residents: How to Apply for New York State Aid
If you are a New York State resident, you will be given a link after you have submitted your FAFSA application to apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
- Apply online at TAP On The Web. You will receive an email reminder from NYS HESC.
- You will need a copy of your and your parent's New York State income tax returns to complete the application.
- Your application will be cross-checked with the New York State Department of Taxation for accuracy.
- NYS will notify both you and the school listed of the amount of your NYS TAP Grant after the NYS Budget passes.
- We will do our best to estimate your NYS TAP Grant in your financial aid package, as the state budget is often delayed until summer.
How to Receive your Financial Aid
This is the process flow after we receive the processed copy of your FAFSA form from the Central Processing Servicer. (typically 7-10 days)
- Watch your SUNY Canton email account for updates! We will notify you if additional documentation is required. (copies of taxes, worksheets, etc.)
- We will mail all new admitted students a financial aid award notice. Continuing students will receive a postcard reminder. The letter lists all of the financial aid we have determined you are eligible to receive. Included in the packet will be information on the costs and awards for an academic year at SUNY Canton.
- Log in to your UCanWeb account and accept or decline the financial aid awards you have been offered. Your log in information was mailed to you in your Admissions Packet.
- There may be additional requirements for any awards you have accepted. For example, new student loan borrowers must complete a Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling Session.
- A billing notice will be sent to you each semester (June for fall semester, November for spring semester). You must process your bill before you are considered officially registered for each semester.
- After classes begin (about 4 weeks), we will start to receive the funds for your financial aid awards and begin to issue any refunds if your financial aid funds exceed your total billed charges.
Use our 2012-2013 Financial Aid Checklist to help prepare for the upcoming year.
If at any time you have questions on the applications or the process, feel free to contact the Student Service Center.