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Financial Aid

  • Paying for College

    You can afford to attend SUNY Erie!

    Considerable financial aid is available at SUNY Erie Community College, and the Office of Financial Aid helps students through the financial aid process. Any student accepted into a degree or certificate program and taking one or more classes may apply for financial aid.

    Financial aid at SUNY Erie falls into three broad categories:

    1. Grants that do not have to be repaid
    2. Loans with interest rates that are usually low and that must be repaid after graduation or leaving college
    3. Part-time employment called "Work-Study"

    Assistance usually comes from a combination of these resources, commonly referred to as a "financial aid package."

    All Federal Aid information needed for a successful application:

    1. Explore Costs

      Learn more about our tuition and fees and the SUNY Net Price Calculator to discover why SUNY Erie is an affordable option for your educational needs.

      SUNY Erie Community College offers affordable tuition rates while providing a high quality education. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the costs associated with attending SUNY Erie. 

      You can estimate your net costs for attending SUNY Erie by using the SUNY Net Price Calculator.

    2. Apply for Financial Aid

      Begin the application process for financial aid by completing the FAFSA Application.

      If you are interested in receiving financial aid, including student loans, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. 

      You can complete the FAFSA application at  FAFSA.gov or download the MyStudentAid mobile app.   

      You, and your parent, will need to create a Federal Student Aid user name and password known as an FSA ID. This allows you to sign your FAFSA, view your FAFSA results and access other Federal aid websites.

      If you are a New York State resident you will also want to complete the New York State TAP application at  the NYSHESC website.

      Review Your Student Aid Report

      Most students will receive the results of the FAFSA application, known as a Student Aid Report, within 3 – 5 business days.  Notices are sent to the email address listed on your FAFSA.

      You are encouraged to review your Student Aid Report for accuracy.  Errors or omissions should be corrected as soon as possible.

      Track Your Financial Aid Status

      The Office of Financial Aid will contact you if additional documentation is needed. You can track your Financial Aid Status from your MyECC portal by clicking on the Financial Aid Self-Service link or you may access it directly at selfservice.ecc.edu/student.  Here you will find a financial aid checklist of items to be completed, as well as helpful links to resources.

    3. Find Additional Aid

      Other aid options are available to veterans, parents and other qualifying applicants.

      In addition to Federal and State aid, SUNY Erie offers a wide variety of Scholarships through the SUNY ERIE FOUNDATION. Students are encouraged to explore the numerous opportunities available to them.

      There are other funding sources for veterans and other special interest groups.  For more information please visit the Veterans Affairs or Other Funding Sources section of our website.

      NYS residents should review their eligibility for the EXCELSIOR SCHOLARSHIP.

    4. Make a Payment

      Payments can be made online through your MyECC account, or by mail and in-person at the Bursar Office.

      Online Payment – An online payment can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week through MyECC. Simply log into your MyECC account and select Financial Information on the left to expand the menu. Then select Make a Payment from the listing. Click on the Pay on My Account link and enter in your credit card information and amount. Currently ECC accepts MasterCard, Visa and Discover Card.

      Mail Payment – Payments may be made by check to your campus location. Please make your check payable to Student Account Services. Below is a listing of all our campuses. Payments must be postmarked by the tuition bill’s due date.

      City CampusNorth CampusSouth Campus
      Erie Community College
      Attention: Bursar Office
      121 Ellicott Street
      Buffalo, NY 14203
      Erie Community College
      Attention: Bursar Office
      6205 Mani Street
      Williamsville, NY 14221
      Erie Community College
      Attention: Bursar Office
      4041 Southwestern Blvd.
      Orchard Park, NY 14127

      In-person Payment – Payment can always be made in-person at Student Account Services on the campus you will be attending. In addition to the main office, South Campus has a satellite office located next door to Registrar providing the convenience of registering and paying together.

      City Campus North Campus South Campus
      Room O150E (45 Oak Street) Room S117 Room 1209 and Room 5223
      (716) 851-1164 (716) 851-1463 (716) 851-1888

      Student Account Services is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except for federal holidays. To ensure that the office is open, please call in advance.

      For your convenience, payments can also be broken down into four easy installments through our Tuition Installment Plan (TIP). Please contact Student Account Services for details.

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    Net Price Calculator

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