Prospective Undergraduate Student
Welcome to UB! Financial aid is an important part of the college experience. Our team is here to help you navigate the process and answer your questions so you can focus on your future.
Apply for admission to The University at Buffalo. Financial aid will only be offered to students who have been admitted.
If you omitted your social security number (SSN) from your admissions application, your financial aid package may be delayed. 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.
To add or correct your SSN, submit the W-9S form (PDF).
The FAFSA is available beginning on October 1 of the calendar prior to the start of the academic year in which you will be enrolled 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 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.
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.
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. 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!
Over 60% of UB students receive at least one type of financial aid to help cover educational expenses.
SUNY Financial Aid Plan notifications will be mailed to your permanent address when your financial aid package has been determined. The letter provides information regarding your estimated expenses and financial aid you may be eligible for, as well as important information about UB.
Financial aid amounts are based on your academic career, cost of attendance and assumed enrollment. You can learn more about the different categories of financial aid on our Types of Aid webpage.
You can view your financial aid package in HUB by clicking on the Financial Aid / Scholarships tile on your homepage.
Loans and Work-Study are considered optional aid and must be accepted or declined.
The amounts listed represent the maximum amount you could be eligible for, assuming you meet all eligibility requirements and enroll in at least 12 credit hours each term. If you do not need to borrow the maximum Federal Direct Loan offered, 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 Financial Aid Revision Request form and request up to your maximum eligibility.
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.
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.