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Dates and Deadlines


Earliest Time to Apply for Financial Aid
for the 2016-2017 Academic Year:
January 1st, 2016
Full Payment Due Date for FALL 2016: August 10th, 2016
Purchase College Time Payment Plan
FALL 2016 Semester:
August 10th, 2016 (First Payment)
October 19th, 2016 (Second Payment)
Full Payment Due Date for SPRING 2017: January 11th, 2017
Purchase College Time Payment Plan
SPRING 2017 Semester:
January 11th, 2017 (First Payment)
March 15th, 2017 (Second Payment)
Medical Insurance Waiver Deadline

September 15th, 2016 (FALL)
February 15th, 2017 (SPRING)

Meal Plan Change Deadline:

September 7th, 2016 (FALL)
February 2nd, 2017 (SPRING)

What are priority deadlines?

  • Students should file their FAFSA by March 1st for the upcoming Fall semester (which will include eligibility for the following year's Spring and Summer terms) to increase the likelihood that you will be considered for all types of federal, state and institutional funds that you may be eligible to receive.
  • Although you can file a FAFSA after the priority deadlines, you may not receive all of the assistance that you may be eligible for due to limited funding.
  • Priority deadlines also apply to eligibility for need and merit based institutional scholarships.
  • The sooner you file your FAFSA, the sooner you will be able to financially plan for your college expenses.

Late Payment Fee Schedule

Less than $1000 $30
$1000-$1999 $40
$2000 and up $50

Financial Aid Timeline

  • Register for a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to successfully complete the FAFSA application at before filing their FAFSA online.
  • Complete your "FAFSA" at This is the fastest way to apply for student financial aid. File online as soon after January 1st as possible.
  • Priority deadlines for filing the FAFSA: March 1st for the upcoming academic year
  • Respond to all requests from the Office of Student Financial Services and Scholarships within 10 days of receipt of notification.
  • Entering students should make an appointment to visit Purchase College and attend an information session offered by the Office of Admissions.
  • New students should check their application status with the Office of Admissions.
  • If you are a New York State resident, complete and return your "Express TAP Application".
  • If you are not a NYS Resident, check with your state's Department of Education for any available financial assistance.
  • Financial Aid Award letters are sent on a rolling basis to admitted students who have applied for aid. The award letter will be sent by e-mail when possible.
  • If you have been accepted to Purchase College prior to April 15, then you should submit your deposit to declare your intention to attend Purchase by May 1 (this is a national deadline). Students accepted after April 15th have two weeks to submit their deposit.
  • Review the type of payment plan that meets your needs.
  • If you wish to modify the amount of loans you wish to take advantage of in your award letter, please contact us via e-mail at
  • Continuing students seeking financial aid for the upcoming summer school sessions, must complete a Summer Supplemental Application for Financial Aid which is available in our Forms Page.
  • Your "eBill" will be downloadable online through the student services website ( If you have already been awarded financial aid, eligible award funds will be deducted on your eBill. Please review your eBill notices to ensure that all the necessary steps regarding your financial aid have been done.
  • Make sure all balances are paid in full and that all flags have been released.
  • Make sure that your financial aid application is completed.
  • Make sure that your Federal Loan documents are completed.
  • If you have been awarded funds from the "College Work-Study" program, make certain that you have an appointment with the Office of Student Financial Services for job placement.
  • The Office of Student Financial Services recommends that all new matriculated students starting school in January complete their FAFSA form by November 15th. The FAFSA web address is: