FAFSA Delay - Admissions and Financial Aid Updates

The Department of Education has delayed processing FAFSA applications this year. This delay is impacting colleges and universities nationwide. We are here to support students through this process as we navigate this delay and work to ensure we get timely and accurate financial aid award letters.

  • SUNY Canton has extended our suggested 2024-25 FAFSA filing deadline to March 1 to allow additional filing time due to delays with the new form.
  • The preferred enrollment deposit deadline has been moved to June 1. You can request a full deposit refund through June 30.
  • If you need more time to make your decision, please send us an email at admissions@canton.edu. We will be more than happy to grant you an extension.

FAFSA Updates

FAFSA and HESC Completion and Training Events

Monday, April 15, 2024

Drop in to connect with HESC experts to get answers to all your financial aid questions during one of our Virtual Drop-In Lounge sessions. FAFSA completion workshops help walk students through the financial aid process.

Update on 2024-25 FAFSA from U.S. Department of Education

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

The ability for students to make update and corrections to their FAFSA forms will be available in the first half of April. In advance of that implementation, the Department will provide detailed information to partners, students, and families on how to correct the most common FAFSA form errors including no signatures and selecting ‘yes’ to applying for unsubsidized loans only.

Update from U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

Friday, March 15, 2024

Today, I’m writing to a) update you directly on the progress we’ve made on implementing the Better FAFSA, and b) outline some steps we must take together to ensure your teams are ready to process FAFSA forms, provide aid packages, and welcome students onto your campuses.

Resolved and Remaining Issues with FAFSA form

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Previously, if a parent with no SSN started the 2024-25 FAFSA form for a student, the parent received an error message on the “Student Information” page. This incorrect error message stated that the user was “unauthorized to act on behalf of the student since they already have a 24-25 FAFSA form” even if the student had not started an application.

FSAID Creation for individuals without Social Security Numbers - Update

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

The US Department of Education is making critical improvements to the studentaid.gov account creation process for those without Social Security Numbers by automating much of the process and expanding call center staff.

New Deadline Dates

Thursday, February 22, 2024

SUNY Canton has extended our suggested 2024-25 FAFSA filing deadline to March 1 to allow additional filing time due to delays with the new form. The preferred enrollment deposit deadline has been moved to June 1. You can request a full deposit refund through June 30.

FAFSA Processing Delay

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Department of Education announced that  2024-25 FAFSA submissions will not be sent to colleges and universities until mid-March as they continue to update the processing system.

NYS TAP Application Issues

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Higher Education Service Corporation (HESC) has confirmed that continuing students are currently unable to complete their TAP application  as they rely on the FAFSA data for student verification.