- 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
Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, work-study and loans, and is provided through many different agencies including federal and state governments as well as individual departments at UB.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Students seeking financial aid to assist with educational costs should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, annually. The FAFSA asks for general identification and income information to determine your eligibility for all financial aid programs sponsored by the federal government.
Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
You will be required to register for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID (PDF) before you will be able to access federal student aid websites including FAFSA on the Web, NSLDS Student Access, StudentLoans.gov and StudentAid.gov.
The FSA ID has replaced the FSA PIN. If you have already been accessing the websites above using your FSA PIN, you will be automatically directed to update your PIN to the new ID format. You will no longer be able to access the websites using your PIN.
Completing the FAFSA
Once you have your FSA ID, you can log in to the FAFSA on the Web and start completing your FAFSA!
The FAFSA will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Have the necessary documents on hand before you start to expedite the process.
Remember to add UB’s Federal School Code (SUNY at Buffalo - 002837) on your FAFSA to ensure that we receive your information!
“I can’t complete the FAFSA because I haven’t filed my taxes yet.” Yes you can! Use your income information from your previous year’s Federal Tax Return and select the “Will File” option on the Tax Return Status question on the FAFSA. When you have filed your tax return, make corrections to your FAFSA and revise estimated information that was wrong or use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. Remember to change your tax filing status from “Will File” to “Already Completed”.
The IRS Data Retrieval Tool may available to you and, if applicable, your parents, to assist with completing the income portion of the FAFSA depending on when you filed your taxes. Using the tool will auto-populate the income questions on the FAFSA with the information you reported on your Federal Tax Return.
Important FAFSA Dates and Deadlines
The FAFSA is available beginning on January 1 of the upcoming academic year.
File your FAFSA before March 1 to be considered for campus-based financial aid awards such as Federal Work-Study, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Health Profession loans.
A valid FAFSA must be on file at UB before the last day of your enrollment in the academic year for you to be considered for financial aid.
New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Scholarships
Undergraduate residents of New York State should complete a NYS Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP, application after completing the FAFSA application to determine if you are eligible for a TAP Grant.
How to Apply
The TAP application uses NY State Tax Return information, not Federal Tax Return information.
If you complete your FAFSA online, you will have the ability to access the TAP application from the FAFSA confirmation screen. Accessing the TAP application from the link provided on that screen will auto-populate your identification information that you supplied on the FAFSA.
If you do not access the application from the FAFSA confirmation screen, an application will be available to you on the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website approximately 3 days after your FAFSA was submitted.
Your TAP application will be sent to only one school. If you listed several schools on your FAFSA, your application will be sent to the school that you listed first. If you did not list UB first on your FAFSA, change your TAP school code directly on the HESC website.
UB’s TAP School Code is: SUNY Buffalo - 1010.
Be sure to visit the HESC website to view the scholarship opportunities that are also available through New York State. Some may require additional information to apply. Contact our office if you have any questions about any of the opportunities available.
Visit our TAP webpage for information about how to earn and maintain your eligibility for the TAP Grant!
I Applied, What’s Next?
When you have successfully submitted your FAFSA and TAP applications, the results will be calculated and sent to you and the schools you listed on the applications.
You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) when your FAFSA has been processed. The SAR will provide a summary of your FAFSA, and give you your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is what your eligibility for most of the federal financial aid awards will be based on. The EFC is NOT the actual amount you may be expected to pay out of pocket.
Your SAR will include comments if further action is needed. We will also notify you of additional requirements by adding them to your HUB To Do List. Your financial aid may be delayed until all requirements are satisfied.
If you find a mistake on your SAR, you will need to make a correction to your FAFSA.
When your TAP application has been processed, HESC will notify you of your eligibility by email. If you listed UB on your TAP application, we will also be notified of your eligibility. You can track the status of your application on the HESC website.
Once your initial eligibility is determined, UB will confirm your eligibility for each award based upon specific award criteria, including your enrollment level (full-time, half-time, etc.) and SAP status.
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: November 25, 2015 1:30 pm EST