How to Apply

How to Apply

We keep it simple. One Application.

COMPLETE THE FAFSA

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for those who wish to apply for federal, state and/or Siena need-based financial aid. The FAFSA application is free of charge, and is the only application required by Siena. 

What You Need

  1. The student's and parents' social security number(s)
  2. Student's and parents' 2015 Federal Tax Return
  3. Student's and parents' Asset Information, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc
  4. Siena's School Code = 002816

How to File

  1. Create your FSA ID - both the student and a parent must  create their own FSA ID. 
  2. Go to www.fafsa.gov
  3. Select 'Start a New FAFSA'
  4. Follow the step-by-step instructions
  5. Use the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Transfer for improved accuracy and to save time.
  6. Both the parent and the student will need to sign the form electronically prior to submission using the FSA ID you created in Step 1.
  7. If you are a NYS resident, please follow the link from your online FAFSA application to apply for TAP.

​Timing

  • We recommend that all prospective students complete their FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1st. 
  • Financial aid packages will be mailed beginning in early December. If you are interested in merit-based aid only and do not intend to file a FAFSA, please notify the Financial Aid Office at aid@siena.edu.
  • Please be sure to review your Financial Aid Award Terms & Conditions upon receiving your aid package.

Special Circumstances

We know that the FAFSA might not accurately portray your current financial situation. Under certain extenuating circumstances, in accordance with federal regulations, the Financial Aid Office may be able to adjust your FAFSA information.

Examples of extenuating circumstances that can be considered include:

  • Substantial medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • Private elementary or secondary school tuition
  • Recent unemployment of a family member
  • Divorce/separation of parents​

Examples of circumstances that cannot be considered:

  • Consumer debt
  • High mortgage
  • Car payments

Submitting Your Request for Review

  • You must have submitted your FAFSA for the academic year in review
  • Submit the Change in Circumstance form, required documentation and a letter explaining your situation to the financial aid office for review.
  • Once the Financial Aid Office has received your information, your situation will be reviewed. In the event the student’s financial aid eligibility has changed, the student's finanical aid package will be adjusted.
  • Information can be faxed to the financial aid office at 518-783-2410 or can be emailed to aid@siena.edu
  • The Financial Aid Office will not be able to review your request until all required information has been received.