At first, financial aid applications can be intimidating, but our expert staff will help you navigate the process until you cross the commencement stage, degree in hand. It’s a degree worth having: Maritime College is consistently ranked among the best institutions in the country for salary potential and for return on investment.
Financial aid consists of fund provided to students and families to help pay for postsecondary educational expenses. Our office primarily assists students with securing federal and state funds in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and work-study.
Maritime institutional scholarships are also available for students. New students are automatically considered for merit scholarships through the Admissions process. Continuing students may apply for need and merit-based scholarships during the academic year.
File your FAFSA
If you are a U.S. citizen and eligible non-citizen who wants to be considered for financial aid, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
February 1 for new students enrolling in the fall semester
March 1 for continuing students
November 1 for spring enrollment
If you mis the priority deadline, you may still receive some financial assistance, but certain aid may not be available.
Please begin your application for Federal Aid here.
Request for Additional Information
Every year, a few applicants are selected at random and asked to verify the information submitted on the FAFSA. In those cases, and in any instance where an application appears to include inaccurate or conflicting information, Financial Aid will request additional documentation or other verification. If you receive such a request, please provide the information requested within 45 days to ensure the timely disbursement fo financial and and to avoid forfeiting or reductions to your financial aid.
Disqualification for Federal Student Aid
FAFSA filers are advised that a criminal conviction for violating state or federal drug laws can disqualify a student for federal student aid if the offense occurred during a period in which the student was receiving Title IV aid. The official policy statement is summarized below. Conspiring to sell drugs counts as sale of drugs.
|Offense||Possession of Illegal Drugs||Sale of iIllegal Drugs|
|1st offense||1 year from date of conviction||2 years from date of conviction|
|2nd offense||2 years from date of conviction||Indefinite period|
|3rd offense||Indefinite period|
State aid includes TAP grant, Excelsior Scholarship, STEM Incentive Program and other scholarships.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal regulations require that schools monitor the academic progress of each application who receives federal assistance, and that schools certify the student is making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree.
This determination of progress is made at least once a year, usually at the end of the spring semester, after grades are released and before financial aid is disbursed for the following term. The SAP appeal form is available here.
If students are on financial aid probation, SAP is reviewed every semester. Decisions for academic probation and institutional scholarship eligibility are separate from this process.
If you are an undergraduate New York State resident who wants to be considered for a state grant, you must complete the TAP application.
The Excelsior Scholarship makes it possible for students whose families earn less than $110,000 adjusted gross income (AGI) a year to attend a SUNY school tuition-free.
The scholarship is administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation.
The spring 2019 deadline will be announced soon.
To complete the Excelsior application, you need:
Copies of your 2016 New York State income tax return(s) filed by you and your parent(s) or your spouse, as applicable
To complete the 2018-19 FAFSA and TAP application
Your Student Aid Report (SAR), which you received when you filed your completed FAFSA
Your current unofficial college transcript, showing the number of credits you earned each year prior to applying for this program if you have previously attended college
NYS STEM Incentive Program
Students interested in pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math may qualify for the New York State STEM Incentive Program.
This scholarship offers a full-SUNY tuition scholarship to students in the top 10 percent of their class who are pursuing associate or bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering or math fields. Award recipients must live and work in a STEM field in the state for five years after graduation.
Students who live outside New York may receive funds from their state scholarship programs. To apply, contact your home state higher education agency for program requirements and application procedures.
Below are a few agencies whose aid programs currently transfer to Maritime College.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission offers the MDCAPS program.
The Delaware Department of Education offers the ScIP program.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) offers the PHEAA program. Please note that this program is for students in the Facilities Engineering program only.
District of Columbia Residents
Students from Washington, D.C., should apply for the DC Tuition Assistance Grant, offered through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
Summer aid is available for students typically taking at least six credits.
If you want to receive federal aid, you must submit your FAFSA and file Maritime's supplemental summer aid application.
If you are attending summer, fall and spring terms, your federal loans will be split evenly.
Graduate students or parents who wish to borrow a PLUS loan should complete the PLUS application and indicate the term(s) for which the loan should apply. To ensure students receive sufficient funding, we recommend a PLUS loan application for summer only and, if applicable, another loan application for fall/spring.
Students who wish to borrow a private loan should complete all requirements with their lender and indicate the term(s) for which the loan should apply.
Maritime supplemental aid application deadline
First business day in April
Summer Sea Term Aid
There is an additional cost for students going on summer sea term. The cost covers tuition, food and ship maintenance. Students will also receive separate bills for mandatory international insurance and a plane ticket for the change-out, if applicable.