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Federal Aid Programs

  • Federal Aid Programs

    Federal financial aid at SUNY Erie falls into three broad categories:

    Grants

    Federal Grants are often referred to as "gift aid" because they are free money that does not have to be repaid. Almost all grants are awarded to students with financial need. 

    Loans

    Federal Student Loans come from the Federal government and usually offer borrowers lower interest rates and flexible repayment options.  Student loans may also come from private sources such as banks and lending institutions. 

    Student loans, unlike grants and work-study, are borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest. If you decide to take out a loan, you should understand the terms and conditions of the loan.

    Work Study

    The Federal Work-Study Program provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to help pay education expenses. The program encourages community service work and work related to the student's course of study and is available to full-time or part-time students.

    Applying for Aid

    If you are interested in receiving Federal financial aid, including student loans, you must complete the federal FAFSA application at  fafsa.ed.gov 

    SUNY Erie Community College
    Federal School Code
    010684

  • Need Help?

    Financial Aid - Visit Us

    City Campus
    Student Support Center - Room O102A
    45 Oak Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    M8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Tu-Th8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Fri8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    North Campus
    Spring Student Center - Room S201
    6205 Main Street
    Williamsville, NY 14221
    M, W, Th, and F8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Tu8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    South Campus
    Building 5 - Room 5206
    4041 Southwestern Blvd.
    Orchard Park, NY 14127
    M, Tu, Th, and F8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    W8 a.m. - 6 p.m.