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- Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Friday: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Information for Parents and Families
Welcome to the parents and families section of the UB financial aid website. The purpose of this section is to provide you with helpful financial information from a parent/family member’s perspective regarding the financial aid process.
If we can be of any assistance during this process, please contact our office by email to UBFA@buffalo.edu or calling 716-645-8232.
Refer to the Parent Checklist for Billing and Financial Aid (PDF) information to be sure you and your student are ready to begin the new academic year.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Your student has certain rights regarding their education records when beginning attendance at a post-secondary institution, or upon reaching the age of 18. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) transfers the rights to the student. Limitations are placed on student record information that may be released to third parties (which includes parents, guardians and or caregivers) without the student’s written permission unless it is considered “directory information.”
Directory information includes a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.
We will require proof of your identity as required by FERPA when calling on the telephone, emailing or visiting an in-person site.
- Telephone: You will be asked various questions from the FAFSA to prove your identity
- Email: Responses will only be sent via the student’s UB email (we can send very general information to non UB email addresses, but nothing specific)
- In-person: Picture ID will be required
Financial Aid Process
The financial aid process is completed on an annual basis, which begins with the filing of the Federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application (if you are a New York State resident). Our priority filing date is March 1 every year; however, you can file the FAFSA as early as January 1 each for the upcoming year. Please use estimated tax information in order to meet the March 1 priority deadline, if necessary. You MUST go back into the FASFA online and update all tax information after you file your returns.
Private scholarship applications are available on an ongoing basis throughout your student’s college career. Many students only apply for them leading up to the first year in college; however, it is worth the time and effort to do so on an annual basis. Be aware and on the lookout for scholarship scams. Please encourage your student to search for scholarships from the following sources:
- UB Academic Departments
- Banks and Federal Credit Unions
- Place of Worship/Religious Affiliations
- Employers (both student and parent/family member)
- Community Organizations
UB establishes deadlines for many reasons. Now that your student may be on their own for the first time, make sure they take ownership of what needs to be done, which includes keeping you informed, when applicable. UB student deadlinesare updated regularly. Also visit Office of Financial Aid Deadlines.
There are times when your family may experience special circumstances, such as loss of employment, separation or divorce, etc., that significantly reduces family income. This may warrant a special review of the student’s financial aid package. Contact your student’s financial aid advisor for more information.
Financial aid award letters are calculated for an entire academic year; however, student bills are generated by semester. Approved financial aid for the semester should appear as a credit on the bill. If it does not, please have your student follow up with Student Accounts.
After all financial aid has credited to the account; there are still other options for assistance with any bill balance:
- Payment Plan (available for fall and spring semesters only)
- Federal Parent PLUS Loan
- Alternative/Private Loan
Help your student choose meal plans wisely and know the differences between “Meal Plans,” “Campus Cash” and “Dining Dollars.”
The University at Buffalo’s Financial Literacy Program, established in January of 2009, is designed to assist your student with understanding the basics of money management. Our engaging workshops will provide them with the knowledge and tools needed to plan and achieve their financial goals. All workshops offered on campus are free of charge.
Students should begin utilizing the career office as soon as they begin their college experience. Career Services can help students with choosing a major, exploring career options, and making decisions. They also offer resources to assist with the search for part-time employment or internships. Additionally, Career Services assists students in developing a successful job search strategy and with the graduate school application process.
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: May 22, 2013 8:47 am EST