We strive to provide the best financial aid package consisting of assistance from federal, state, and institutional programs, tailored to meet each student’s need. Counseling and assistance are also provided to students in the areas of Default Prevention and Student Loan Debt Management.
Students interested in applying for federal and state financial aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible, after January 1 of each year. Financial assistance is available to students who complete the necessary application and are determined eligible. The Student Financial Aid staff will evaluate each student’s need and make awards based upon the information obtained from the Student Aid Report (SAR) or Institutional Student Information Report (ISIR) and in accordance with Federal, State, and University policies and guidelines.
Because the amount of financial assistance awarded usually reflects the financial situation of the student’s family, the University does not make a public announcement of the amount of financial aid awarded to individual students. The University will clearly state the total yearly cost of attendance and will outline for each student seeking assistance a proposed annual budget.
Students who truly value a college education as a means to achieve success in life will find the office of Student Financial Aid a reliable source of information and assistance. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Complete the FAFSA electronically at the official and FREE website www.fafsa.ed.gov. Dependent students and the parent whose income is used on the FAFSA should both have a PIN to electronically sign the FAFSA. The PIN website is www.pin.ed.gov.
If you wish to complete a hard copy of the FAFSA, pick up your copy at the SUNO Office of Student Financial Aid (Lake Campus Building 23). If you are a high school student, you may also check the office of your guidance counselor to pick up a form. However, the U. S. Department of Education has limited the number of paper applications schools may receive.
If you are unable to pick a paper application you may call (800) 433-3243, and they will mail one to your home.
The total enrollment at SUNO has grown every year since Hurricane Katrina. Despite projections that the University's enrollment would only reach between 1,200 and 1,500 students in the spring of 2006, more than 2,000 students returned to campus. SUNO's current enrollment is 2,704 students.