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Financial Aid Resources for Graduate Students

The following financial aid sources are available to matriculated graduate students enrolled in aid-eligible graduate programs only. Full-time enrollment for aid purposes is considered 12 credits or more, with half-time enrollment being 6 credits. Graduate students who have not been accepted into an aid-eligible graduate program are generally not eligible to participate in federal aid programs.  Non-matriculated students or students in programs that are not aid-eligible may qualify for private alternative loans. Specific financial aid information provided below is subject to change.

The following graduate degree programs and graduate certificate programs are eligible for federal aid at SUNY Plattsburgh.  Students matriculated in other graduate certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid.

Aid from SUNY Plattsburgh

Residence Hall Directorships

Application deadline is February 15 for the upcoming fall semester. Information and application details are available at or by calling Graduate Admissions at (800) 723-9515 or (518) 564-4723. Specific questions may be directed to Bryan Hartman, Director of Residence Life, at (800) 569-3824 or by sending an email to [email protected].

Other Graduate Assistantships

For information and details about administrative, programmatic, and research assistantships, please refer to or call Graduate Admissions at (800) 723-9515 or
(518) 564-4723. All assistantships have a February 15 application deadline for the fall semester.

Penfield Fellowship in Education

The Melissa Lahtinen Penfield Memorial Graduate Foundation Fellowship is awarded annually to a full-time matriculated student in a Master's program in Education.  For additional information, contact the Teacher Education Office at (518) 564-2125.

New York State Aid

EOP/HEOP/Seek Graduate Tuition Waiver

Graduates of New York State public or private colleges who participated in the EOP, SEEK, or HEOP programs as undergraduates are eligible to apply for graduate tuition grant. Matriculation is required.  Due to limited funds, early waiver application is encouraged. Amounts vary with available funds. Tuition grant applications are available in the Plattsburgh Graduate Admissions Office and must be filed prior to each semester of full-time attendance.

Graduate Diversity Fellowships

U.S. citizens or permanent residents who will contribute to the diversity of the student body are eligible to apply by February 15. The fellowships are available to new applicants to SUNY Plattsburgh’s graduate programs. Full-time enrollment (12 credits) is required. Stipend amounts are determined by the campus and depend on annual funding from New York State.   Click here to complete the Application for Graduate Diversity Fellowship.   For further information and details about this program please contact Graduate Admissions.

Federal Financial Aid

Your federal need will be determined on the basis of the income and asset information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Choose Plattsburgh’s college code (002849) to ensure that your federal application data will be transmitted to our office. File the FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1st. See “How to Apply” details on our webpage. Please respond promptly to requests for additional information or clarification concerning your aid application and be prepared to submit a tax return transcript if requested by our office.

Based on your FAFSA, your eligibility will be calculated for a Federal Direct Loan, Federal TEACH Grant, and Federal Work-Study.

Federal Direct Loan Program

Matriculated graduate students attending at least half time may apply for assistance through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan Program.  The maximum annual unsubsidized loan is $20,500 with a fixed interest rate of 6.00%.  There is also an origination/guarantee fee of 1.069% that is deducted at the time of disbursement.

The Unsubsidized Loan starts to accrue interest after payment to your account. While in college, you can elect to pay the interest on an Unsubsidized Loan or have it added to the principal. Repayment on the Unsubsidized Loan starts no sooner than six months after you graduate or fall below half-time status. There is a ten year re-payment period and other re-payment options. Visit our loans page for more information on Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.

Federal TEACH Grant Loan

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant (TEACH) is a federal grant for matriculated graduate students who intend to teach in public or private elementary or secondary schools that serve students from low-income families. Graduate students who meet the eligibility criteria can receive up to $4,000 per year, but nor more than $8,000 in total. In exchange, recipients must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field that serves low-income students. A recipient must teach a majority of classes within the high need field for at least 4 academic years within 8 calendar years of completing their program of study. If a recipient fails to fulfill the service obligation, the grant will convert to an unsubsidized loan and the recipient must repay the money with back interest. For more information, go to

Federal Work-Study

Work-study may be awarded to matriculated graduate students with financial need attending on at least a half-time basis. The wage rate is normally $8.00 per hour (effective 1/1/2014) for a maximum of ten hours per week. If you are awarded work-study, it will be included on your financial aid award letter. In early August, we start to mail instructions on how to apply for a job. These instructions include the terms and conditions for employment.  Information about other student jobs is available by clicking “Student Jobs” on the left menu bar at

Federal Graduate PLUS Loan

The Graduate PLUS Loan may be available to matriculated graduate students attending on at least a half-time basis. In order to establish eligibility, you must first apply for the annual loan maximum under the Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Additionally, a credit review is required to determine that you do not have an adverse credit history. If you have adverse credit, the option exists to apply with an endorser who has a positive credit history. The interest rate is fixed at 7.00%. PLUS loans have an origination/guarantee fee of 4.276% that is deducted at the time of disbursement. Upon request, repayment is deferred until six months after you graduate or fall below half-time status. The Graduate PLUS Application and Master Promissory Note are both available at

Financial Aid for Non-Matriculation

Some students enroll in coursework for enrichment or professional development purposes. Students who are not admitted into a degree or certificate program are not eligible for federal, state or institutional financial aid. If interested, non-matriculated students may apply for an alternative student loan. Income and credit eligibility guidelines exist; contact the lender for more information.

Contact Information

For more information about Financial Aid at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Financial Aid Office
Location: Kehoe Administration Building, Suite 401-410
Phone: (518) 564-2072
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 768-5976
Fax: (518)564-4079
Email: [email protected]

Our mailing address:

Financial Aid Office
SUNY Plattsburgh
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901-12681