Student Handbook 2020-2021

Financial Aid

The Keuka College Office of Financial Aid is located on the first floor of Ball Hall and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The staff is available to assist students and families through the financial aid process including providing students with assistance completing the required forms for federal, state, and Keuka College financial aid. Email: finaid@keuka.edu.

Principles of Student Financial Aid

The basic principle of financial aid is that students and families should contribute to the student’s college expenses according to their means, taking into account the family’s income, assets, and other relevant information.

The financial aid office at Keuka College attempts to meet as much of the student’s demonstrated financial need as the availability of federal, state, and institutional resources allows.

Applying for Financial Aid

All students wishing to be considered for financial aid must submit the following applications each year they wish to receive financial assistance at Keuka College:

  1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  2. Express TAP Application online at www.tapweb.org (for NYS residents only)

After Applying

After the student files the FAFSA electronically, the student is directly linked to the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website (if they are a NYS resident) to complete the TAP on the Web application.

It is important to read each of the documents carefully and follow the directions provided. These documents include:

Student Aid Report (SAR)

Provides a summary of information reported on the FAFSA. If corrections are needed, make changes online using your FSA ID. Keep a copy for your records.

TAP Certificate

This award certificate from HESC outlines the student’s eligibility by semester the award for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Financial Aid Package

Shortly after the student files the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and designates Keuka College (code 002744), the financial aid office will receive data electronically from the central processing system.

If a student is selected for verification, you will be required to submit tax transcripts, W-2s and other documentation to satisfy these requirements

The FAFSA and verification documentation (if required) are evaluated for accuracy and a financial aid award letter is prepared. Awards may include but are not limited to grants, scholarships, work-study, and Direct loans. Students have the opportunity to accept or decline any portion or all of their financial aid awards.

Special Circumstances

A student’s financial eligibility is determined using the prior year’s income information. However, there are certain conditions under which the family’s current year income may be used. These conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • death of a parent or spouse,
  • separation or divorce,
  • loss of a full-time job, and
  • loss of non-taxable income or benefits.

If a student feels he or she has unique circumstances that require special consideration, he or she should contact the financial aid office. Additional documentation for verification may be required.