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SUNY Canton to Implement Standardized Financial Aid Award Letter

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will adopt a new, standardized Financial Aid Award Letter alongside the State University of New York this fall.

All of the SUNY system’s 64 campuses will use the letter for the 2013-2014 academic year, as part of the SUNY Smart Track™ campaign, which promotes transparency in college financing.

The new award letter will allow students and their families to see clearly the cost of attendance and financial aid offerings at each campus, including campus-specific information such as graduation rate, median borrowing and loan default rate. SUNY is the first and largest public system of higher education nationally to implement such a tool for students and families.

“Students can expect to see the new letter as early as April,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Financial Aid Kerrie L. Cooper. “It will really help students and their families compare colleges and help them in the decision process.”

Cooper serves on the committee of financial aid directors who helped SUNY develop the standardized letter. “It is exceptionally important that the financial aid process be as open and transparent as possible,” she added.

Development of the standard financial aid award letter was first announced when SUNY launched its Smart Track™ campaign in September. With the launch, SUNY adopted the concept of transparency of financial aid and college costs and the system began offering students the most proactive, comprehensive financial aid information and services in the country.

“While college students across the country are taking on more loan debt than ever before, SUNY Smart Track™ gives our prospective students the most comprehensive and transparent financial aid information available so that they can make informed decisions about how to pay for their college education,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The standard award letter will allow prospective students and their families to easily compare colleges within SUNY and view a full outline of the financial commitment associated with their education.”

More recently, in the 2013 State of the University Address, Chancellor Zimpher announced that SUNY Smart Track™ would contribute to a wider system-wide goal of decreasing the loan default rate of SUNY students by at least five percent over the next five years.

The average indebtedness of a SUNY graduate is $22,575, well below the national average of $26,600. The vast majority of SUNY student loan borrowers repay their loans successfully.

The SUNY Smart Track™ Award Letter was developed by a committee of campus Financial Aid Directors, and others, who were tasked with adopting the intent of the federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet while creating a unique version for SUNY. Additionally, the campaign calls for an expansion of SUNY’s Student Loan Service Center, early engagement of students at risk of default, and providing new and improved online resources such as a net price calculator, chats with financial aid experts, and financial literacy materials.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

 

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Limited Time Remains for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 19th, 2012

There is still time for former U.S. Armed Forces personnel who plan on attending SUNY Canton to apply for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

“The Department of Veterans Affairs reserves portions of this program for technical education,” noted Patrick S. Massaro, the Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator. “SUNY Canton is the only College in the area to fit within the regulations for the retraining program.”

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

Patrick Massaro (seated in the green shirt) works with students in SUNY Canton's Veteran's Lounge.

The program offers 12 months of financial assistance to veterans who are between 35 and 60 years of age and are unemployed. They also must have been honorably discharged, among other criteria.

Prospective students and transfers can apply for the spring 2013 semester at SUNY Canton up to the first day of classes on Jan. 21, 2013. “Students seeking VRAP benefits should apply as soon possible,” Massaro said. “This upcoming year [2013] will be the last full year for students to take advantage of this remarkable retraining program, due to the program’s discontinuation in March 2014.”

There are currently almost a dozen veterans at SUNY Canton who are enrolled in the program. The Department of Labor will assist veterans with job placement after they graduate.

SUNY Canton is among the top “Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” according to Military Advanced Education magazine, and was among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

For more information, contact Massaro at his SUNY Canton office, 386-7073, or email massarop@canton.edu.

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SUNY Canton Student Assistant Earns Scholarship

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

SUNY Canton law enforcement leadership major Andre M. Lynch recently received a $1,500 scholarship from the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association (NYSFAAA).

Lynch is a student assistant in the Registrar’s office, and hails from Long Island. He now resides in Canton.

Andre Lynch

“Andre is one of the hardest-working students I know,” said Kerrie L. Cooper, director of financial aid/ Student Service Center.  “He proves that you can do anything if you are determined.”

Each year, the association awards five scholarships to deserving undergraduate and graduate students at New York state public and private colleges. The announcement was made in October at the association’s annual conference.

“I was very surprised when I learned that I won the award,” Lynch said. “This scholarship will really help pay for my tuition in the Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Canton next semester.”

Lynch is a senior and aspires to pursue a career in law enforcement after he graduates next spring.

NYSFAAA is a volunteer association of financial aid professionals representing various higher education institutions in New York.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

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SUNY Canton to Host Financial Aid Workshop

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

College-bound students interested in learning about the financial aid process can attend an upcoming workshop at SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will co-host the event as part of SUNY’s Statewide Student Financial Aid Day on Saturday, Feb. 12. The session is open to students applying to both public and private institutions and will begin at 9 a.m. on SUNY Canton’s campus in the Faculty Office Building lobby. The event will include a general information session as well as workshops.

The program is being offered to answer questions about financial aid and provide assistance with the financial aid application (FAFSA) process. Prospective or current students and their families will have the chance to ask questions of SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam admissions and financial aid representatives. Those who attend can also receive hands-on assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Financial Aid Day Schedule of Events

  • 9 a.m.: Welcome and Refreshments, Faculty Office Building Lobby
  • 9:30 a.m.: General Information Session, Wicks Hall, Room 102
  • 10:45 a.m.: Small Group Sessions: “Complete the FAFSA on the Web,” Wicks Hall 006; “Get a Pin Number,” Wicks Hall 008

For more information on the event, contact SUNY Canton’s Student Service Center at 315-386-7616 or 1-800-388-7123 during regular business hours. Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to register online at www.suny.edu/studentevents.

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SUNY Canton Director Recognized for Outstanding Service

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

SUNY Canton’s director of financial aid was recently honored for her commitment and outstanding efforts in area high schools.

Kerrie L. Cooper, Madrid, was awarded the New York State Financial Aid Administrators’ Association (NYSFAAA) Region 8 Service Award at their annual conference banquet on Oct. 20 in Buffalo, NY.

Kerrie L. Cooper, center, receives the NYSFAAA Region 8 Service Award. Pictured from left are Curt Gaume, director of financial aid at Canisius College and past president of the Association, and current president Dan Tramuta, associate vice president for enrollment at SUNY at Fredonia.

“Kerrie has done so much for our financial aid office,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “During the busier times of the year, Kerrie is in her office late at night making sure e-mails are responded to and questions are answered. We are extremely lucky to have her as a member of our campus community.”

Cooper has contributed many years of regional service to Region 8, and at one point served as an executive council representative and as the regional chair. “Kerrie presents numerous financial aid night programs for many North Country high schools every year and always helps out with the annual guidance counselor training event,” the nominating committee said. “She is always willing to help a student with an aid issue or to offer guidance to a colleague with a regulation question. Her high level of professionalism and dedication are a tribute to Region 8.”

Cooper said it’s been a group effort in developing opportunities for financial aid nights for local high schools through the use of Distance Learning classrooms, arranged through BOCES.

“Our collaborative efforts have enabled me to present to 10 high schools in two nights,” she said, explaining they are able to do so through teleconferencing. “It’s allowed us to make sure the smaller schools also get financial aid updates each year. We are the only region in the state using this technology and it’s been highly successful. We are very proud of that.”

Cooper’s financial aid career began as a work-study student. While a graduate student at the University of Albany, Cooper continued to assist in the financial aid office. She became a financial aid counselor at Monroe Community College before arriving at SUNY Canton in 1992 in her present role.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day Feb 21 at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

CANTON – An upcoming hands-on training session will focus on making college affordable by maximizing students’ financial aid.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will be participating in the SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb 21, in the Halford Lobby on the ground floor of SUNY Canton’s Faculty Office Building.

The Student State-wide Financial Aid Days are offered so students and parents can receive assistance with the financial aid application process. Financial Aid professionals from both colleges will be helping students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA forms. Future, prospective, current students, and family members are invited to participate in the hands-on training session. Admissions Counselors from both colleges will also be on hand.

“We realize that given the economy, financial aid is more important than ever,” said Kerrie Cooper, SUNY Canton Director of Financial Aid. “It is often the determining factor in whether a student attends college. We can help students make sure that they get all of the aid that they are eligible for.”

Financial Aid Days are offered as a state-wide service through SUNY, but registration is required. For more information or to register for the SUNY Financial Aid Day at SUNY Canton, call the Student Service Center at (315) 386-7616 or 1-800-388-7123. You may also register online at http://tinyurl.com/suny-registration.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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