Financial Aid for First-Time 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 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:

  • Keuka College scholarships and grants. Scholarships are based on academic performance, and grants are based on financial need. You never need to pay back scholarships or grants.
  • Federal/state scholarships and grants. Depending upon your academic program and financial need, you may be eligible for scholarships or 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 if you are eligible (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.

Keuka College Scholarships & Grants

Freshman Academic Scholarships (Students Entering Fall 2018)

Provided you are a full-time student who maintains satisfactory academic performance, these scholarships are renewable each year for up to four years of undergraduate study at Keuka College. Scholarships may be revisited if your college housing status changes.

Scholarship Annual Amount GPA Requirement
Alumni Association Award for Excellence $18,750 3.5 - 4.0 or 90 - 100%
Keuka College Presidential Scholarship $17,250 3.0 - 3.49 or 85 - 89%
Keuka College Gold Scholars Award $15,250 2.5 - 2.99 or 80 - 84%

Freshman Academic Scholarships (Students Entering Spring 2018)

Provided you are a full-time student who maintains satisfactory academic performance, these scholarships are renewable each year for up to four years of undergraduate study at Keuka College. Scholarships may be revisited if your college housing status changes.

Scholarship Annual Amount GPA Requirement
Board of Trustees Scholarship $17,400 3.5 - 4.0 or 90 - 100%
Keuka College Presidential Scholarship $15,900 3.0 - 3.49 or 85 - 89%
Keuka College Gold Scholars Award $13,900 2.5 - 2.99 or 80 - 84%

George H. Ball Community Achievement Award

The George H. Ball Community Achievement Award, named for the College’s first president and founder and funded in part by the Ball Foundation, is for students who have made a significant impact on their community through volunteer service.

This award requires a nominate from your guidance counselor. Use this link to learn more about the Community Achievement Award.

Additional Keuka College Scholarships

Program Details Annual Amount
Keuka College 911 Service Scholarship For recipients of the New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship. Covers tuition, room and board not covered by that scholarship. Varies
Keuka College Urban League of Rochester Scholarship Five scholarships available to high school seniors who are enrolled in the Black Scholars/Early Recognition Program. $1,000
Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) Ten scholarships available to high school seniors who are TSTT participants who enroll in our teacher education programs. 1/2 Tuition

Legacy Awards

The Keuka College Family Award is awarded to members of the same immediate family who are attending Keuka College at the same time. You must disclose family relationships at the time of application to be eligible. Valued at $1,000 per academic year.

Grants

A variety of need-based financial aid is available from Keuka College, the state, and the federal government. You do not need to pay back grants from any of these sources.

Grant Program Details Annual Amount
Keuka College Grant For students who demonstrate financial need beyond federal and state assistance. Varies
Federal Pell Grant Based on need Up to $5,920
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) For undergraduates with exceptional financial need; Federal Pell Grant recipients take priority. Up to $4,000
New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Based on New York state taxable income for New York residents attending college full time in New York. Up to $5,165

TEACH Grant

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants to students who are completing course work needed to begin a career in teaching. Click or tap below for more information.

The TEACH grant award is valued at up to $4,000 per year and changes slightly each year. As a condition for receiving a TEACH Grant, you must sign a TEACH Grant Agreement to Serve in which you agree to (among other requirements) teach:

  • in a high-need field
  • at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families
  • for at least four complete academic years within eight years after completing (or ceasing enrollment in) the course of study for which you received the grant.

To receive a TEACH Grant, you must do the following:

  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®).
  • Be enrolled in a TEACH-Grant-eligible program.
  • Meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more portions of a college admissions test or maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25)

If you do not complete your service obligation, all TEACH Grant funds you received will be converted to a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. You must then repay this loan to the U.S. Department of Education, with interest charged from the date the TEACH Grant was disbursed.


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)

Begin or Continue Your FAFSA Now

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)

Access the Express TAP Application

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
002744

NYS TAP Code
0345

Federal Student Aid Processor
(800) 433-3243

NYS HESC (TAP)
(888) 697-4372

Student Accounts/Billing
(315) 279-5237

IRS
(800) 829-1040

Student Loan Support Center
(800) 557-7394


Loan Options

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:

Dependent

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)

Independent

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)
Dependent Undergraduates $23,000 $31,000
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

Federal Perkins Loans

The Perkins loan is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need. This is a campus-based loan program, with the school acting as the lender using a limited pool of funds provided by the federal government. It is a subsidized loan, with the interest being paid by the federal government during the in-school and 9-month grace periods. There are no origination or default fees and the interest rate is fixed at 5%. There is a 10-year repayment period.

The amount of Perkins loan funding you receive is determined by your school's financial aid office. Perkins loans are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis, so it is recommended that you complete all necessary financial aid paperwork as soon as possible.

Contact Information

For information on Perkins repayment contact the Office of Student Accounts at (315) 279-5237 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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.

Apply

Graduate PLUS Application: Please complete the Graduate PLUS application and forward it to the Office of Financial Aid as soon as possible or complete the application online.

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.

Apply

Parent Plus Loan Application: Please complete the PLUS application and forward it to the Office of Financial Aid or complete the application online.

Alternative Loans

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.

IRS Tax Return Transcript Online Request: If selected for verification, you will have to forward your tax return transcript to the College. See Transcript Request Process.

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