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Prospective Undergraduate Student

Welcome to UB! This to-do list was created to help you follow all the steps needed to request and process any financial aid for which you are eligible. Links are embedded within the text to help you identify steps that you need to take to finish this process.

Apply to UB

Apply for admission to The University at Buffalo. Financial aid awards are only offered to students who have been admitted.

If you omitted your social security number (SSN) from your admissions application, please be aware this will delay the processing of your financial aid. In order for our office to identify you as an applicant we must match your financial aid record to your admissions record, which requires your SSN be added to your record.

To add or correct your SSN, submit the W-9S form (PDF).

View our Financial Aid Presentations

View the presentations given during UB student events to help you navigate the financial aid process. Contact our office at 716-645-8232 if you have any questions about the material presented.

Apply for Aid

The FAFSA is available beginning on October 1 of the calendar prior to the start of the academic year and must be completed before your last day of enrollment in that academic year.

File your FAFSA as early as possible to be considered for campus-based financial aid awards such as Federal Work-Study, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Health Profession loans.

The Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is a grant for eligible New York State residents. After completing the FAFSA, NYS residents link to the online TAP application from the FAFSA Confirmation Page.

Visit our Financial Aid Process and Types of Aid information pages for details about different awards and how to apply for them.

Look for Scholarship Opportunities

Undergraduate Admissions awards freshman merit scholarships which do not require a scholarship application but do require that your UB application materials are complete by a published deadline. Presidential Scholarships, UB athletic scholarships and most other UB scholarships require separate applications.

We also encourage you to look for scholarship opportunities from outside organizations throughout your academic career.

Complete HUB To Do List Items

UB will receive the results of your FAFSA approximately 3 days after you submit it online. If additional information or corrections to your FAFSA are needed, we will notify you by adding the requirement to your To Do List in HUB Student Center (PDF). We will also send you a Missing Information Notification via email to let you know that additional action is needed.

Depending on the information requested, one or more of your financial aid awards may be held until the requirement is satisfied.

Check your To Do List often as items may be added throughout the year!

Review Your SUNY Smart Track Award Letter

Over 60% of UB students receive at least one type of financial aid to help cover educational expenses. Here is some information on how our process works!

SUNY Smart Track Financial Aid Award letters will be mailed to your permanent address when your financial aid package has been determined. The award letter provides information regarding your estimated expenses and financial aid you may be eligible for, as well as important information about UB.

Financial aid awards are based on your academic career, cost of attendance and assumed enrollment. You can learn more about the different categories of financial aid awards in Types of Aid.

View and Accept Your Financial Aid Awards

You can view your financial aid award package in HUB Student Center by clicking on the View Financial Aid link in the Finances section.

Loans and Work-Study are considered optional aid and must be accepted or declined (PDF).

The amounts listed represent the maximum amount you could be eligible for, assuming you meet all eligibility requirements and enroll in at least 12 new credit hours each term. If you do not need to borrow the maximum Federal Direct Loan awarded, you have the option to revise the loan amount during the acceptance process.

If you decline or reduce your loan(s) and then determine that you need to borrow additional funds later in the year, you can complete the Loan Revision Request form and request up to your maximum eligibility.

Read the Step by Step Guide

Review the Step by Step Guide (PDF) which contains information and instructions to complete the financial aid process.

Submit Your Tuition Deposit by May 1

Submitting your tuition deposit confirms that you will be attending UB. We will begin using your UB email address to send you important information pertaining to your financial aid.

Maintain Your Files

Update any changes to your personal information including phone number, address and alternate email addresses. Maintaining this information will reduce the chances of information being lost or delayed.

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.