We’re sure you have a lot of questions about financial assistance, scholarships and loans.

When we receive your FAFSA information, a Student Financial Services counselor will review your application to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and institutional assistance. To determine your financial eligibility, your total expected family contribution as computed using the formula established by the Department of Education (DOE), is deducted from your educational expense budget. The difference is your “calculated need” for financial assistance. A portion of “calculated need” is covered by financial assistance (grants, loans, etc.). The remainder is considered the “expected family contribution” (EFC), but may exceed the amount calculated by the Department of Education.

Based on the information you provided on the FAFSA, and calculated in accordance with federal guidelines, the “Expected Family Contribution” (EFC) is the minimum amount that parents and students are expected to contribute toward the cost of education. Should you have any questions regarding this complex calculation, please contact a Student Financial Services counselor or use the online Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator.

In addition to family savings that you have earmarked for this educational investment, students and parents may apply for various loans or financing options as outlined in the following pages. Home equity loans or lines of credit may also provide an advantageous source of funding. Parents need to consult with their employers, unions, fraternal lodges and religious organizations to inquire if their sons or daughters are eligible for a private scholarship. Use our links to other useful sites for access to additional, reputable, free private scholarship search engines.

All applicants must first file a FAFSA, and must submit all requested documentation before financial aid and student loan eligibility can be determined. Every student will need to complete an electronic Federal Direct Loan Master Promissory Note (MPN) which is available at studentloans.gov.

All first time Federal Loan borrowers will also need to complete entrance counseling at studentloans.gov.

Graduate PLUS applications are scheduled to be available in May at studentloans.gov. Please check back on our website for any updates.

All applicants must complete a Direct Graduate PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN). In addition, all new borrowers must complete a graduate PLUS Entrance Counseling. You will need your Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to complete both at studentloans.gov.

Parent PLUS loan applications are scheduled to be available in May at studentloans.gov. Please check back on our website for any updates.

All applicants must complete a Direct PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN). The parent will need their FSA ID to complete the MPN at studentloans.gov.

Visit studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/understand/plans/ to get information about your loan repayment.

Upon your acceptance to Adelphi and receipt of the processed FAFSA information, the University will determine your eligibility to participate in the various financial assistance programs. A financial assistance award summary will be mailed to you approximately 4–6 weeks after you receive your Student Aid Report (SAR). Further instructions and requests for additional documentation (such as tax return transcripts) may be included with the award summary may be mailed to you at a later date. Your financial assistance summary is also available online. If you are an enrolled student, you can log in to eCampus to access this information on the CLASS system.

Yes. To be eligible for federal, state, and university need-based awards, you must reapply every year. Recipients of academic scholarships are also encouraged to file every year to maximize your eligibility for all sources of financial aid.

Students now report earlier income information. Beginning with the 2017-2018 FAFSA, students are required to report income information from an earlier tax year — referenced as Prior Prior Year (PPY). For example, on the 2019-2020 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) must report their 2017 income information. For the 2020-2021 FAFSA, students (and parents, as appropriate) must report their 2018 income information.

The IRS DRT provides tax data that automatically fills in information for part of the 2018-2019 FAFSA® form, as well as for the income-driven repayment plan application for federal student loan borrowers. View more information about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

No. You must report 2017 tax and income information, as the FAFSA requires. If your family’s financial situation has changed dramatically since then, you should complete the FAFSA questions as required, submit the FAFSA, then contact the Office of Student Financial Services to discuss your situation.

See Special Condition Considerations for more information.

You and your parents may wish to consider the various loan and/or other financing options outlined in this section.

The annual academic budget includes an allowance for living expenses that is meant to supplement other sources of income or savings.

We understand the needs of families when a parent’s employment status has changed or when a family may not be receiving the same benefits as they did in the prior year. You should contact our office to determine if you qualify for an adjustment to your original application for financial aid. This process requires families to submit in writing a specific explanation of their situation and to provide documentation of the reduction to their income.

See Special Condition Considerations for more information.

If your family circumstances remain relatively constant while at Adelphi, and as long as you file your FAFSA by our preferred filing deadline (January 1), you can expect that your financial aid should be approximately the same amount. However, your Federal Direct loan limits will change depending on your grade level and your dependency status.

Federal regulations require that students meet specific standards of satisfactory academic progress (SAP), to be eligible to receive federal financial assistance. The assessment of satisfactory academic progress is made once a year for federal aid eligibility.

View information about standards for satisfactory academic progress (PDF)

The federal verification process is a system used by the federal government to support and document the information provided on the FAFSA. If you are selected for federal verification, you may be asked to complete and submit certain verification worksheets and/or all W-2 forms received for the appropriate tax year. In addition, you may be asked to submit a copy of your and/or your parents’ federal tax return transcript if you/your parents have not used the IRS Data Retrieval tool. You may be asked to supply further information to substantiate the information you entered on your FAFSA. Your financial assistance plan may be subject to adjustment at the conclusion of the federal verification process.

View verification worksheets

You are required to report the income of the parent you lived with for the majority of the time over the last 12 months (custodial parent). Child support from the other parent, together with the income and assets of the parent with whom you live, will determine your financial need. If your custodial parent is remarried, your step-parents’ income and assets must also be reported.

No. Federal Work Study is an opportunity for you to earn money to pay for ongoing expenses throughout the year and also to gain work experience. You may choose not to accept the Federal Work Study offer, especially if you already have a part-time job.

Every year the University compiles an educational expense budget for students based on the student’s housing status and level of enrollment. The following chart outlines the components of the various full-time budgets for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students enrolled for fewer than 12 credits per semester will have budgets based on lower tuition costs.

Review the 2019-2020 estimated Undergraduate student budget in our Tuition and Fees section

Educational budgets are developed based on several factors, such as level of enrollment (full-time, half-time, etc.) and type of housing (such as on-campus or with parents). Changes in these factors may require a change in financial aid awards. In addition, the receipt of additional sources of aid, such as outside scholarships or employer tuition benefits, may also require a change in your financial aid package. All changes in packaging will result in the receipt of a revised financial aid award summary.

In general, financial aid can only be used to help pay for coursework that is used to meet degree requirements (this includes major, electives and general education requirements). Students should always consult with the Office of Student Financial Services about possible financial ramifications due to academic actions such as add/drops, withdrawals and other enrollment status considerations.

For example, students take classes that are not applicable to their degree in order to maintain a full-time enrollment status. A financial aid counselor can advise whether in certain cases it may actually cost less to enroll for fewer than 12 credits.

Since financial aid rules can be complex and can vary by the particular type(s) of financial aid it is the student’s responsibility to be aware of this information.

Yes, changes in enrollment and the timing of these changes can affect both your aid eligibility and your tuition charges. Please view our refund policies for detailed information.

You should contact the Office of Student Financial Services to be repackaged. Discrepancies in enrollment may delay loan proceeds from being applied to your account and, due to strict federal regulations, may necessitate the return of funds to the lender.

Eligibility for the PLUS loan is determined by completing the Direct Loan Parent PLUS application, which is available at studentloans.gov.

During the application process a credit check will be performed to determine if your parent(s) meet the credit requirements for a PLUS loan. If the university is notified that your parent(s) have been denied for the PLUS loan, you will be awarded additional unsubsidized federal direct loan funds up to the maximum for which you are eligible. If your parent(s) have an adverse credit history, you may still receive a Direct PLUS Loan through one of these two options:

Your parent(s) may obtain an endorser who does not have an adverse credit history. An endorser is someone who agrees to repay the Direct PLUS Loan if the borrower does not repay it. If you are a parent borrower, the endorser cannot be the child on whose behalf you are borrowing.

Your parent(s) are able to document to the satisfaction of the U.S. Department of Education that there are extenuating circumstances relating to their adverse credit history.

With either option 1 or 2, your parent(s) must also complete credit counseling for PLUS loan borrowers on studentloans.gov.

If you are selected for verification, you will receive a letter detailing the documentation required to complete the process. If you have made a reporting error in income and assets, your awards may either increase or decrease when verification is completed. Continuing students who have been previous financial aid filers will be sent requests for verification documents prior to the packaging process. Until verification is completed, federal awards will not be credited to the student’s account.

For renewal of the Adelphi University Grant, AU Panther Grant, Athletic Grants, Residential, and certain endowed/restricted awards, you must maintain full-time status and a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade-point average. Eligibility is reviewed at the end of each semester. Specific renewal criteria for your scholarship(s) will be sent by the Office of University Admissions with your original scholarship letter. View individual scholarship terms and conditions for more information.

If your loan eligibility increases mid-year due to a change in class status (i.e., Freshman to Sophomore, Sophomore to Junior, etc.) you must contact us if you wish to be repackaged for additional loan funds for the spring semester. You will receive a letter indicating the amount posted to your account and your option to cancel the loan.

No. Adelphi students who remain in the U.S. and take a portion of their program via online courses offered by a foreign institution would not be eligible for financial aid for those online courses without a fully executed consortium agreement.

Students must first apply for permission to study at another institution in the Office of Academic Services and Retention. After this application is approved it is brought to the Office of Student Financial Services where you will obtain the Consortium Agreement. This form is completed by the student and the financial aid office of the host school and returned to Student Financial Services for processing.

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for federal student aid funds. The student self-certifies in applying for aid that he is eligible; you’re not required to confirm this unless you have conflicting information.

Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid—they do not count if the offense was not during such a period. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when she was a juvenile, unless she was tried as an adult.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

Period of Ineligibility for FSA funds

1st offense: 1 year from date of possession conviction, 2 years from date of sale conviction

2nd offense: 2 years from date of possession conviction, infinite period from sale conviction

3rd offense: infinite period from possession conviction, infinite period from sale conviction

If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

 

Period of Ineligibility for FSA funds

If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

 

A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug convictions will make him ineligible again.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it only after successfully completing a rehabilitation program as described below or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to certify to the university that the rehabilitation program has been successfully completed. As with the conviction question on the FAFSA, you are not required to confirm the reported information unless there is conflicting information.

When a student regains eligibility during the award year, schools may award Pell, and Campus-based aid for the current payment period and Federal Direct Student Loans for the period of enrollment.

Standards for a Qualified Drug Rehabilitation Program

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor.

No. Adelphi University only requires the FAFSA for financial aid consideration.

See details at our 1098-T page.

Total tuition charges, less confirmed financial assistance, are payable in full to the University on the following dates: August 1 for the fall semester, January 6 for the spring semester. For alternative financing options, please see Payment Plans.

Important Phone Numbers

Tuition payment plan 800.635.0120
Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) 800.433.3243
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) 888.NYS.HESC
(888.697.4372)
Pell/duplicate SAR 800.4.FED.AID
(800.433.3243)
TAP inquiries 888.NYS.HESC
(888.697.4372)

Important School Codes

Title IV (FAFSA code) 002666
New York State TAP code (undergraduate) 0010

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