Eligibility

In an effort to help prospective and current students understand their potential financial aid eligibility (federal, state, and institutional), we encourage you to review the appropriate Financial Aid Eligibility section.
 


 

Undergraduate Students

To be eligible for financial aid (student loans, grants, and/or work-study) during the academic year (fall/spring semesters), undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be matriculated into a degree program leading to a bachelor’s degree
  • Be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours each semester for Federal Pell Grant eligibility
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester for Federal Direct Student Loan (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) eligibility
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester for state aid program eligibility
    (Note that courses you had previously passed and are now repeating cannot be counted toward the required 12 credit hours)
  • All courses in which you are enrolled must be required for your degree program
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress requirements
  • Students that were awarded institutional financial aid at the time of admission to SUNY Poly should refer to the documentation they received from the Admission Office that detailed the criteria to retain that funding

Undergraduate students are considered to be full-time when enrolled in 12 or more credit hours each semester (fall and spring). Enrollment in 3 to 11 credit hours each semester is considered part-time. Students enrolled in 2 credit hours or less each semester are not eligible for financial aid (federal or state).

Students who intend to enroll for the summer session should review the financial aid eligibility requirements on our Summer Financial Aid webpage.

In addition to filing the FAFSA, undergraduate students that are enrolled part-time (from 3 to 11 credit hours in a semester) may be asked to complete our Application for Part-Time Study (APTS) as part of their financial aid application.

Please note that non-matriculated students are ineligible from receiving federal and state financial aid (TAP, Pell, Federal Direct Student Loan, etc.) for courses taken at SUNY Poly. However, a student may apply for a private loan through a lender of his/her choice. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.


 

Graduate Students

To be eligible for financial aid (student loans, grants, and/or work-study) during the academic year (fall/spring semesters), graduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be matriculated into a degree program leading to a master’s degree or doctoral degree
  • Be enrolled in at least 5 credit hours each semester for federal aid program eligibility
  • Be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester for state aid program eligibility
    (Note that courses you had previously passed and are now repeating cannot be counted toward the required 12 credit hours)
  • All courses in which you are enrolled must be required for your degree program
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress requirements
  • Students that were awarded institutional financial aid at the time of admission to SUNY Poly should refer to the documentation they received from the Admission Office that detailed the criteria to retain that funding

Graduate  students are considered to be full-time when enrolled in 9 or more credit hours each semester (fall and spring). Enrollment in 5 to 8 credit hours each semester is considered part-time. Students enrolled in 4 credit hours or less each semester are not eligible for financial aid (federal or state).

Students who intend to enroll for the summer session should review the financial aid eligibility requirements on our Summer Financial Aid webpage.

Please note that non-matriculated students are ineligible from receiving federal and state financial aid (TAP, Pell, Federal Direct Student Loan, etc.) for courses taken at SUNY Poly. However, a student may apply for a private loan through a lender of his/her choice. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional information.

 


 

International Students
International students (undergraduate and graduate) are ineligible for both federal and state financial aid. Limited institutional aid in the form of assistantships and fellowships may be available for graduate students from the Graduate Center. Please contact the Graduate Center directly to inquire about these opportunities. 

International students are encouraged to seek private funding to help meet their educational expenses while studying at SUNY Poly. Additional information is available from the following websites:

 

 

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