- 232 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260
- M - Th: 9 am - 4 pm
- F: 10:30 am - 4 pm
- North Campus
Porter Quad, Building 2
- M - Th: 8:30 am - 5 pm
- F: 10:30 am - 5 pm
Student Response Center (SRC)
232 Capen Hall
- M - F: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- South Campus
104 Harriman Hall
- M, W, Th: 8:30 am - 5 pm
- Tu: 10 am - 5 pm
- F: 11 am - 5 pm
Applying for Financial Aid
The University at Buffalo utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which asks for basic information to determine your eligibility for all the financial aid programs sponsored by the Federal Government.
The FAFSA is also needed for New York State and University at Buffalo financial aid, scholarships, and loans.
Remember to apply for a FSA ID (formerly PIN) for your online applications.
Complete and submit the FAFSA every year after January 1 and before March 1 to be considered for campus-based funds, such as Federal Work Study, Perkins, and Health Profession Loans.
File early! You do not have to receive your UB acceptance letter or complete your tax return before you complete your FAFSA. You can use estimated tax information and indicate "Will File" in the income section initially, and then make a correction once your tax returns have been filed. Once the FAFSA is processed, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) in approximately three (3) weeks. Corrections can be made online to your Student Aid Report (SAR). Remember to have your FSA ID number available to make corrections. You will receive a second SAR to confirm the changes.
The federal (Title IV) school code for the University at Buffalo is 002837.
Financial Aid Eligibility
You must meet all of the following criteria to receive federal financial aid:
- You must be in Good Academic Standing.
- You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- You must be registered for selective service. (males only)
- You must be matriculated (officially enrolled in a degree program) or in a certificate program which is at least 24 credit hours in length.
- You must be registered for at least six (6) credits or be a full or half-time equivalent as determined by the Graduate School.
- You must not be in default on a previous educational loan.
- You must be admitted to receive a formal financial aid award. The first step to receiving financial aid is to complete the University of Buffalo Application for Graduate Admission. Although financial aid information is processed throughout the year for graduate students, March 1 is the priority deadline for campus-based aid. It is recommended that you submit your completed FAFSA to the processing agency by March 1 for financial aid consideration for the upcoming summer, fall and spring semesters.
The Student Aid Report (SAR)
Your SAR summarizes the data from your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and indicates your official Expected Family Contribution.
You’ll receive one of the following within a few days (if you filed your FAFSA electronically) to four (4) weeks (if you mailed a paper FAFSA):
- Student Aid Report (SAR), if you applied using the paper FAFSA and did not provide a valid email address; or
- SAR Information Acknowledgment, if you applied using FAFSA on the Web but did not provide a valid email address; or
- Email with a secure link to access your SAR online, if you provided a valid email address when you applied.
If University at Buffalo is listed on the SAR, we have received the same information electronically. Please review the SAR for accuracy. If corrections are required, follow the instructions and submit the corrections to the processor. Be sure to sign the corrected SAR. As a result of sending corrections to the processor, you will receive a revised SAR to confirm the changes.
Information is subject to change without notice due to changes in federal, state and/or institutional rules and regulations. Students must complete a FAFSA every year. Students must be making satisfactory academic progress to continue to receive financial aid.
Last updated: August 26, 2015 6:00 am EST