Financial Aid for Graduate Students
For more than 125 years, Keuka College has made a quality, private education affordable to students from all backgrounds and walks of life. The Office of Financial Aid is here to help you navigate the financial aid process and help make a decision that best fits your financial situation.
There are a variety of resources that may help defray the cost of this important investment. Depending upon your academic performance and financial situation, these resources may include:
- Federal/state scholarships and grants. Depending upon your academic program and financial need, you may be eligible for grants from the state or federal government.
- Federal loans. The U.S. Department of Education offers several low-interest student loans to help make your education affordable. Keuka College will automatically include them in your financial aid package (you are not required to borrow).
- Outside scholarships. You may be eligible for scholarships from community organizations, private corporations, school districts, etc.
- Alternative loans. If you’ve exhausted all other options, you may consider alternative (often called “private”) student loans.
Please contact our office with any questions you may have.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
To apply for financial aid, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and, if you live in New York state, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
All students seeking financial assistance at Keuka College, including grants and direct loans, must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To complete the FAFSA you will need:
- Your social security number
- Federal Tax Return (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ), record of any untaxed income (such as child support received or social services), value of savings and/or investment accounts.
- If you are a dependent, you will also need the above information for your parent.
Watch the FAFSA Tutorial
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
Apply for New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) at www.tapweb.org. If you file your FAFSA on the web and provide an electronic signature, you will automatically be linked to the TAP application on the web.
New York State will determine your finalized TAP award based on current tuition charges and satisfactory completion of all TAP requirements as outlined in the Keuka College Record.
Numbers to Know
Federal School Code
NYS TAP Code
Federal Student Aid Processor
NYS HESC (TAP)
Student Loan Support Center
Federal Direct Loans
A federal Direct loan is a guaranteed student loan available to students attending Keuka College at least half time. Federal Direct loans have a low, fixed interest rate and deferred payments while the student is in school. The annual federal Direct loan limits are as follows:
|0-25 credits||$5,500 (up to $3,500 subsidized)|
|26-54 credits||$6,500 (up to $4,500 subsidized)|
|55-84 credits||$7,500 (up to $5,500 subsidized)|
|85 + credits||$7,500 (up to $5,500 subsidized)|
|0-25 credits||$9,500 (up to $3,500 subsidized)|
|26-54 credits||$10,500 (up to $4,500 subsidized)|
|55-84 credits||$12,500 (up to $5,500 subsidized)|
|85 + credits||$12,500 (up to $5,500 subsidized)|
|Graduate||$20,500 (all unsubsidized)|
* Eligible credits are determined by the Office of the Registrar
Aggregate Limits for Direct Loans
|Subsidized Base Amount||Total (subsidized and unsubsidized)|
|Independent Undergrads & Dependent Undergrads without access to Parent PLUS||$23,000||$57,500|
There are two types of Federal Direct Loans:
- Subsidized loans are need-based, and the government pays the interest on these loans while you are in school, during a six-month grace period immediately preceding repayment, and during authorized deferment.
- Unsubsidized loans accrue interest while you are in school.
- Current interest rates are published by the U.S. Department of Education
First-time borrowers of Direct Loans will need to complete a master promissory note and entrance counseling online at www.studentloans.gov
Direct Graduate PLUS Loans
Direct Graduate PLUS loans have a fixed interest rate and fees which are published each year by the U.S. Department of Education.
Students may choose to defer payments on a Direct Graduate PLUS loan until six months after they graduate or drop to less than half-time enrollment. Accruing interest can either be paid by the student borrower monthly or quarterly, or be capitalized quarterly. The repayment term is up to 10 years.
Eligibility for the Direct Graduate PLUS loan depends on a modest credit check that determines whether the student has an adverse credit history.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Parents of dependent students can take out loans to supplement the student’s financial aid package. Direct PLUS loans have a fixed interest rate and fees (published each year by the U.S. Department of Education) and the option to defer payments until six months after the student graduates or drops to less than half-time enrollment. During deferment, all interest is accrued and then capitalized upon repayment.Once repayment begins, there is a 10-year repayment term.
Eligibility for the Direct PLUS loan depends on a modest credit check that determines whether the parent has an adverse credit history.
Alternative education loans can help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and other sources of aid. Alternative loans are offered by private lenders; eligibility for alternative student loans often depends on your credit score and/or your co-signer’s credit score.
Alternative loans may cost more than the education loans offered by the federal government, and they do not offer the same repayment and forgiveness options. You should exhaust your eligibility for federal student loans before applying for alternative student loans.
Financial Aid Forms
FAFSA Worksheet: Students requesting financial aid must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This worksheet should be used as a guide to help you file online.
Verification Worksheet for Dependent Students: If your application was selected for verification and you are a dependent student, complete the Dependent Verification Worksheet.
Verification Worksheet for Independent Students: If your application was selected for verification, and you are an independent student, complete the Verification Worksheet for Independent Students.