* Students are considered full time for tuition and financial aid purposes at 12 or more credit hours.
A minimum of six credit hours is required for matriculated graduate students to receive federally guaranteed subsidized or unsubsidized student loans. The Financial Advisement Office should be contacted for details.
The College Fee is $25 per year or $12.50 per semester for full-time students or $.85 per credit hour for part-time students. The fee is required under the administrative policy of State University of New York and generally is not refundable.
Program Service Charge
The College Program Service Charge is required of all students enrolled in credit-bearing course work and is designed to incorporate various normally required fees and charges. It is acknowledged that all students will not equally participate in each of the component fees but will receive equivalent overall benefit from the universally available services, enhancing the campus life experience. Equitable distribution of costs across student populations helps keep offerings rich and varied while keeping the level of fees low in comparison to benefits provided. Certain special and remote-site programs are exempt from some fees.
Other Important Facts
On-campus courses are not eligible for waivers of the Program Service Charge. However, field placements (internships, student teaching, etc.) more than 100 miles from campus may apply for a waiver of the Student Health Services Fee component only. All such waiver requests must be made in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs and received by Oct. 1 for fall semesters, Mar. 1 for spring semesters, and June 1 for summer sessions.
The Program Service Charge consists of the following charges:
Student Activity Fee
The Student Activity Fee is used for on- and off-campus activities governed by the Student Government Association (SGA). SGA manages and allocates expenditures for clubs, organizations, fitness centers, speakers and special cultural, educational or social events.
The Technology Fee funds a variety of technology networking and access services for students, including e-mail accounts, computer labs, Internet access and technical support. All students pay the Technology Fee, except for study abroad students from other SUNY units who have paid this fee at their home campus.
Intercollegiate Athletics Fee
The Intercollegiate Athletics Fee funds intercollegiate athletics opportunities and is managed by the College Intercollegiate Athletics Board. NCAA regulations require this fund to be kept separately from Student Activities Fee funds.
Student Health Services Fee
The Student Health Services Fee provides various health services to students, such as allergy shots, health and physical examinations, physician examinations and referrals, and various other services and educational programs. This fee may be waived only for students on student teaching or internship assignments with field placements more than 100 miles from campus and for most online courses. All waiver requests must be made in writing to the Vice President for Student Affairs and be received by Oct. 1 for fall semesters, Mar. 1 for spring semesters, and June 1 summer sessions.
The Transportation Fee supports the enhanced on-campus shuttle service, provides for maintenance and student vehicle parking at the Route 281 lot. Students/staff must pay a vehicle registration fee.
Effective Fall 2008, all enrolled students (undergraduate and graduate) will be charged a $5 per semester transcript fee. Any student enrolled at SUNY Cortland prior to Fall 2008 will be "grandfathered" as a former student and receive unlimited official transcripts as a lifetime service. Refer to the Registrar's Web site for detailed information on how to request an official college transcript.
The Alumni Fee of $15 is included on each student's semester bill. The Alumni Association, through its endowment, provides more than $34,000 annually in student scholarships. By electing to pay the Alumni Fee included on the semester bill, scholarships and other programs and events are made possible. More information can be found on the Alumni Association Web site at www.cortland.edu/alumni/.
As an optional charge, students have the opportunity to waive the fee and have it removed from their semester billed charges. All waivers should be processed on myRedDragon using the "Waiver Requests" menu item in the Student Accounts section.
Online waivers may be accepted up through the last day to officially withdraw from classes for the semester. Published official deadlines can be found on the registrar's Web site at www.cortland.edu/registrar/calendarinformation.html. After that date, any request for waiver of the Alumni Fee must be made in writing directly to the Alumni Affairs Office, Brockway Hall, Room 208. No Alumni Fee waiver requests will be honored after the end of the semester in which the fee was charged.
Parking and Vehicle Registration Fee
Students are required to register their vehicles with the University Police Department. The cost for parking on campus varies by full or part-time status and for students on campus after 4 p.m. Students can register for parking online at www.cortland.edu/univpolice/dpspark.htm. The University Police Department is open 24 hours a day for permit pick up.
Room and Board
Graduate students are not normally housed on campus. Room and board may be requested on a space-available basis or to accommodate special needs when necessary. If a student intends to occupy a room, a room deposit of $150 will be required at the time of application for an on-campus housing assignment. This will be applied to room charges at the time of billing.
Commuter meal plans are available separately through the Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC) located in Neubig Hall.
Other Fees and Fines
Certain courses have additional expenses associated with them that may be charged to cover costs of student materials or special equipment necessary for instruction, i.e. scuba equipment, art materials, etc. These are noted on the Web course listings and will be included on a semester bill. Other courses may have additional costs payable directly by the student that will not show on a billing statement, such as study abroad programs which require airfare or travel expenses.
Student Health Insurance
All full-time SUNY Cortland undergraduate students, defined as registered for 12 or more credit hours, will have an annual charge for Student Health Insurance added to their fall semester bill. New or readmitted undergraduate students for spring semesters will have a prorated annual premium on their spring semester bill. This charge may be waived if students have their own coverage or are covered by a parent's plan.
Part-time students and graduate students, enrolled for at least six hours of course work, may voluntarily purchase insurance coverage by following instructions on the SUNY Cortland Web site at www.cortland.edu/student_accounts/. Links to detailed information regarding coverage, rates, waivers and various important dates will be found here also. Restrictions on credit hours required and the dates by which students must enroll will be enforced. Full-time students who are covered by a parent's HMO plan, but who do not have a provider in the area, may elect to retain the College plan to provide continuity of coverage while they are out of their provider area network.
In accordance with NCAA regulations, participants on SUNY Cortland's intercollegiate athletic teams must provide proof of health insurance coverage before commencing practice sessions. Therefore, students needing to use the College plan for coverage, must positively affirm their enrollment online with the insurance carrier in advance of practice session start date. This will allow the student to obtain a copy of an insurance ID card to provide to the Athletics Department.
Students on study abroad programs, either inbound or outbound, may be required to purchase additional insurance. The International Health Insurance carrier is chosen by SUNY Central Administration. All international students must have coverage that meets SUNY Board of Trustees minimum requirements.
Health Insurance rates change annually. Please inquire at the Student Accounts Office or consult the www.cortland.edu/student_accounts/ Web site for both international and domestic insurance rates. Voluntary coverage for spouses, domestic partners and/or dependents is available directly through the College's named insurance provider(s). Please note that students who waive any required health insurance coverage accept full responsibility for any medical expenses they may incur.
Miscellaneous Fees and Fines
The State University of New York authorizes charges for items such as returned checks, late registration, rebilling and drop/add fees. Fines are authorized for parking violations, the late return or loss of library materials, and failure to return physical education or infirmary equipment. Residence hall damage fees may be assessed for damage to residence hall premises. All fees are subject to change.
Students who register for the fall semester during the official registration period are billed in July with payment due in August. Advance registrants for the spring semester will be billed in December with payment due in January. Summer advance registrants will be billed in April with payment due in May. Winter Session bills will be mailed in late November with payment due in early December.
Students who register in person after Web registration closes must be prepared to make payment arrangements or show proof of financial aid sufficient to cover their charges at that time. Students who register during drop/add are also expected to make payment arrangements at that time.
Bills for semester charges are mailed to the permanent address on record. Students are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their billing (permanent) address. Records should be checked often. The Graduate Studies Office should be notified of any address, telephone or e-mail address changes. Students may review their bill or financial aid information any time on myRedDragon.
Billing is done on a semester basis. Statements reflect charge and financial aid information as of print date. Deferral of billed charges against financial aid is dependent upon completion of all necessary paperwork, maintenance of satisfactory academic progress and program pursuit, and receipt of documentation from funding sources. Students are responsible for account balances and late fees if their financial aid awards do not become actual, are reduced, or are removed for any reason. Semester bills plus any monthly statements should be retained for tax and reimbursement purposes.
Students must return the confirmation/remittance portion of their billing statement or confirm attendance online. Online confirmation is available for students whose billed charges are fully covered by financial aid or who are using the Web payment option. Receipt of the online confirmation or remittance portion confirms attendance in classes for the semester indicated. Failure to return the confirmation/remittance portion, along with valid deferral or required payment, by the due date will result in deletion of courses. A postmark on or prior to the payment due date does not constitute evidence of having paid on time. Payments received late are subject to assessment of a late rebilling fee. Payments are deposited upon receipt. Post-dated checks cannot be accepted.
SUNY Cortland does not delete registrations for nonpayment or non-confirmation of attendance if the student processes an initial registration during the add/drop period. Failure to attend classes will not release students from liability for any course registrations.
Students are responsible for notifying the Registrar's Office or Graduate Studies Office as soon as possible if they have registered for the upcoming term but cannot attend.
Fees and assessments are due as indicated on billing statements. Other accrued debts owed to the College, or to any agency thereof, must be paid prior to registration. If the registration occurs in error, the College reserves the right to cancel current registrations for prior unpaid obligations. The College also reserves the right to withhold all information regarding the records of students, including transcripts, and prohibit future registration or granting of degrees for students in arrears in the payment of fees or other charges.
State law requires this agency to engage in collection activity on delinquent accounts. Accounts remaining unpaid at the end of the semester must be referred to outside collection agencies, the state attorney general or the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Late fees, interest and collection charges may be added to accounts considered more than 30 days past due pursuant to New York State, SUNY and Division of Budget Requirements.
Returned Check Policy
All financial instruments, including checks and Web checks (ACH checks), that are returned unpaid will incur a $20 returned item charge. All checks returned unpaid by the bank will be redeposited once. If the check is returned a second time, payment must be made by money order, certified check, cash or credit card. A $20 returned item charge will be incurred for the second rejected submission. Rejected credit card payments also will incur returned item charges.
Monthly Payment Plan Option
To assist students and parents/guardians in meeting financial obligations while attending the State University of New York College at Cortland, an installment plan is available. This fivepayment option may be selected on the semester billing statement or online. The cost is $35 per semester and must be paid with the first payment. The participation fee is not refundable. Subsequent payments are due on the 15th of each month (September-December for the fall semester and February-May for the spring semester). If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, payment is due the next immediate business day. The College cannot offer a payment plan for winter or summer terms due to their short duration.
Payments not received by the due date are subject to assessment of a late rebilling fee. Payment plan enrollment is for the current semester only. Students who fail to enroll during the first month of the plan (August for fall semester or January for spring semester) must make up any payment amount missed. All payment plans end the last month of the semester and must be paid in full. The College reserves the right to deny future participation to students who fail to remain current on time-payment plans.
Students who withdraw from SUNY Cortland before the semester begins or after a semester is under way may be entitled to receive refunds of some of the paid charges, deposits and fees. Those who are denied permission to register at the College will be entitled to a full refund of tuition, room and board charges. Students will receive a full refund of tuition and fees when a course is canceled by the College.
College withdrawal procedures must be followed in order to qualify for a refund. The Graduate Studies Office must have an official withdrawal form on file. Unofficial withdrawals do not qualify for refunds.
Reduction of tuition liability is made according to SUNY Board of Trustees Policies. Students incur liability based on the length of the academic term and the date of official withdrawal. To qualify for liability adjustments and possible refund of paid amounts, students must follow the College's official withdrawal policy and fill out and properly submit official withdrawal from course or withdrawal from college form(s), which may be obtained at the Graduate Studies Office.
Unofficial withdrawals and judicial terminations/suspensions do not qualify for any reduction of tuition or fee liability. Stop payment orders on checks or credit card payments do not constitute official withdrawal.
Fee liability will only be adjusted up through the end of the first week of classes.
Tuition liability calculations are separate and distinct from aid eligibility calculations. Financial aid packages will be affected by applicable Federal Title IV Regulations for students who withdraw before the 60 percent completion point of the semester. Those receiving federal financial aid in the forms of guaranteed student loans, Pell, SEOG and Perkins loans may end up losing part or all of any aid awarded and/or paid. Students who are awarded 100 percent reduction of tuition and fee liability may not be eligible for any financial aid for that term. Any aid that has already been disbursed to the student may have to be immediately repaid to the College.
There will be no tuition or fee liability for students who withdraw to enter full-time active duty in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard of the United States. Students who are members of a National Guard or Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force Reserve Unit are entitled to reduced liability only if, in the judgement of the designated school official, they are unable to attend classes due to hardship beyond their control and they have made bona fide efforts to permit continued attendance.
Documentation of membership and official orders must be provided to the College prior to liability reduction. In the event that a refund is granted to a student in National Guard or Reserve status, documentation of membership, orders and reasons for such actions shall be in writing and retained by the College (Bursar/ Student Accounts Office).
No money shall be refunded unless application for refund is made within one year after the end of term for which the tuition requested to be refunded was paid to State University of New York. Students requesting medical leave of absence should contact the Bursar/Student Accounts Office for refund information.
A student who is given permission to cancel his/her registration shall be liable for payment of tuition in accordance with the following schedule:
Note: The first day of classes as scheduled by the campus shall be deemed to be the first day that any classes are offered, as scheduled by the campus' Academic Calendar Committee. The first day of the semester, quarter or other term, and the first week of classes for purposes of this section shall be deemed to have ended when seven calendar days, including the first day of scheduled classes, have elapsed.
Refunds will be made by check and mailed to the last known permanent address that the College has for the person seeking the refund. Room, tuition and board refunds require two weeks for processing.
Once the semester begins, the College fee is nonrefundable, unless class is cancelled by the College.
Program Service or Course Activity Fees
The Program Service Fee is refundable only if students withdraw before the end of the first week of classes. After that date, the Program Service Fee is nonrefundable. Special activity fees, such as lab fees, art materials, etc., are not refundable after the end of the first week of classes.
Any courses with components taught at the Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake have fees attached specifically for that experience. During the official add/drop period, Outdoor Education Center fees are fully refundable. Students will incur 50 percent liability for the fee for any withdrawal after the end of the official add/drop period, but at least 15 days prior to the session at Raquette Lake. No refunds of Outdoor Education Center fees are given for any withdrawal that occurs within the 14-day period immediately preceding the Raquette Lake experience.
Dining plan options may be changed only by written request filed at the ASC Office in Neubig Hall prior to the close of business on the Friday of the first full week of classes.
The New York State Sales Tax Code governs the terms for tax-exempt dining plan refunds. The code stipulates that qualified refunds for tax-exempt plans will be based on time criteria and not plan utilization (see College Handbook). ASC will grant prorated refunds for nondisciplinary withdrawals, limited to the first 10 weeks of the semester. No refunds will be granted for disciplinary withdrawals. Exceptions and special situations will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the ASC executive director. All eligible refunds will be reduced by a rate that fairly represents noncontrollable business overhead expenses. Refunds for the declining balance portion of the meal plan are prorated for the time remaining in the current dining schedule; the refund will reflect the prorated balance or the actual balance, whichever is lower.
Refunds are coordinated with the SUNY Cortland Student Accounts Office. The dining plan refund will be applied to any balance or debt owed to the College or ASC.
Refund/Repayment of Financial Aid Funds
Students who withdraw from the College before completing 60 percent of the semester for which they received federal financial aid may be required to return or repay part or all of the aid received, depending upon the date of withdrawal.
Up through the 60 percent point of the semester a prorated schedule, as set by the federal government, is used to determine the amount of Title IV aid a student has earned for the payment period. This percentage is determined by dividing the total number of days completed by the student for the term by the total number of calendar days in the payment period (start to end of semester), excluding scheduled breaks of five days or more and days that the student was on approved leave of absence.
The total amount of Title IV aid earned is then determined by multiplying this percentage by the total amount of Title IV aid disbursed plus the Title IV aid that could have been disbursed for the payment period (semester). Anything in excess of this amount must be returned to the federal programs in the following order up to the total net amount disbursed by each source: Unsubsidized student loans, subsidized student loans, Perkins Loans, parent PLUS loans, Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and Other Title IV programs. Students are responsible for returning to SUNY Cortland any part of unearned aid that was disbursed to them.
Students should consult with the Financial Advisement Office prior to withdrawal to determine the financial impact. It is imperative that students adhere to the College's official withdrawal procedure to ensure the proper refund calculation.
Note: One-half of the above full-year tuition, room, board and all fees is due and payable to the College prior to the beginning of each semester. A monthly payment plan is available. The pre-admission deposit of $50, which is required of all new students, and the advanced room deposit of $150, will be applied to first-semester billings. A separate budget is available for commuter students.
*Based on 2008-2009 full-time/resident and nonresident. Subject to revision.
* Per credit hour. Effective Fall 2008 Semester: Tuition and fees are subject to changes without prior notice resulting from Board of Trustees or New York State legislative actions.
* Per credit hour. Effective Fall 2008 Semester: Tuition and fees are subject to changes without prior notice resulting from Board of Trustees or New York State legislative actions.
Financial Advisement Office
|Year of Eligibility
|50 percent (six credit hours)
75 percent (nine credit hours)
100 percent (12 credit hours)
100 percent (12 credit hours)
Students who lose TAP eligibility may apply for a one-time waiver from the Financial Advisement Office. Waiver decisions are made by an appeals committee. Waivers may be granted only for exceptional and unusual circumstances beyond the students' direct control.
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Purpose of Determining Eligibility for New York State Student Aid
Before being certified for payment a student must have:
|Graduate Level (except professional)
Accrued at least this many credits
At least this grade point average
Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Determining Continuing Eligibility for Federal Title IV Student Aid
Cumulative Credit Hours
Federal law and regulation require institutions of higher education to establish, publish and enforce minimum academic standards for the continued receipt of Federal Title IV Financial Aid. The Title IV Financial Aid Programs available to graduate students are the Federal Work Study Program, TEACH Grant/Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and the Federal Family Education Loan Program, including Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans.
The charts above and the attached text are the published standards for SUNY Cortland. Failure to maintain academic performance in compliance with these standards will result in loss of future eligibility for Federal Title IV Financial Aid, including student loans.
Maximum Time-frame Standard: Eligibility for Title IV Financial Aid is also limited to students completing their programs within one and one-half times the normal program length. For regular, full-time undergraduate students, the maximum time frame is 12 semesters. For part-time students, transfer students, students enrolled in dual majors and students with a history of both full-and part-time enrollment, the maximum time frame is reached when the student has attempted more than one-and-onehalf the number of credits required to earn the degree(s).
Timing of Evaluations and Evaluation Process: The standard measures academic progress at the end of each semester in which Title IV aid is awarded to students (not including winter minisemester). Evaluation of progress will occur shortly after final grades have been posted by the registrar and notices will be sent out promptly. Attempted credits include all course work included in students' academic history at SUNY Cortland, except for transfer credits, advanced placement credits and CLEP credits.
Earned credits include all attempted courses for which a passing grade has been received (quality points awarded). Grades listed as Incomplete or Late Grade at the time of evaluation will be considered attempted and unearned, but will not affect the grade point average. All other grades will be calculated in accordance with the College's grading system as described in the Academic Policies section of this catalog.
Data Corrections: If academic records are changed subsequent to the evaluation date, students may submit a written request to the financial advisement director for re-evaluation of the ineligibility determination. The most common situation leading to such a request is the successful resolution of Incomplete or Late grades.
Appeal of Ineligibility Decision: A determination of ineligibility may be appealed based on mitigating circumstances. A mitigating circumstance is defined as an exceptional or unusual event(s) beyond the student's direct control that contributed to or caused the academic difficulty.
Appeal letters should be addressed to the financial advisement director and should include a complete description of the circumstances that led to the academic difficulty and a plan for future academic success. Copies of supporting documentation should also be included. All appeals are reviewed by a committee of academic and financial professional staff whose determination is final. The committee will report all appeal decisions directly to the students and to the financial advisement director.
A mitigating circumstance appeal may not be used to justify a pattern of poor performance or to override the maximum time frame standard.
Regaining Eligibility: Students who lose eligibility may regain it by successfully completing courses at SUNY Cortland with grades sufficient to meet the stated requirements. Such courses must be funded without benefit of Title IV aid and under no circumstances will aid be paid retroactively for those courses once eligibility has been re-established.
Upon completion of these courses, a student should submit a written request to the financial advisement director for re-evaluation of eligibility. Students who have been absent from SUNY Cortland for a period of not less than eighteen months may submit a request for re-evaluation of eligibility upon re-admission to the College. Such re-evaluation shall be based upon demonstrated correction of the previous academic difficulty and likelihood of future academic success.
The re-evaluation request must be in writing and addressed to the financial advisement director. The request will be reviewed by a committee of academic and financial professional staff whose determination is final. The committee will report all re-evaluation decisions directly to the student and to the financial advisement director.
Assistantships and Fellowships
Foundation Graduate Assistantships
Award: Merit-based award comprised of partial tuition waiver and stipend. Amount is determined annually.
Eligibility Criteria: Presented to master's degree candidates who work as graduate assistants in academic/administrative departments.
Graduate Assistantships by Department
Award: Merit-based partial tuition waiver. Some departments may award a stipend. Assistantships are renewable for a second year.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to matriculated graduate students who either teach or perform other functions for academic or administrative departments.
Availability: Check with the Graduate Studies Office or on the Human Resources Web page under Jobs in mid-March for various assistantships. These do vary year by year based on program needs.
Graduate Diversity Fellowships
Award: Merit-based award of up to $10,000 per year comprised of partial tuition waiver and stipend. Amount is determined annually. Annual award covers above and beyond the state and federal aid the student receives.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students who will contribute to the diversity of the SUNY Cortland campus. Students having a diverse background or historical disadvantages are encouraged to apply.
Additional information on graduate assistantships can be found on the Web at cortland.edu/gradstudies/.
Graduate student scholarship opportunities are limited; therefore, students are advised to pay close attention to deadlines and criteria. Scholarships often have a financial need component. It is recommended that graduate students file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year regardless of whether or not they are interested in student loans. The FAFSA is the main financial aid application that is required for all need-based scholarships.
Unless stated otherwise, scholarship recipients must comply with the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines as shown in the table above in order to maintain their scholarships. SAP is reviewed after each semester. Students who lose federal aid eligibility will lose their scholarship as well. Students who lose eligibility should follow the same appeal procedures as outlined for Federal Student Aid in the table above.
The following list is complete as of publication of this catalog, but new awards are added frequently. The College's scholarship coordinator, located in the Financial Advisement Office, maintains a database of Cortland scholarships and other external scholarships. In addition, the scholarship coordinator routinely posts new internal and external scholarship opportunities to the scholarships and financial aid special interest mailing list and publishes a complete listing of all Cortland scholarships annually. Students interested in applying for Cortland scholarships are encouraged to review those listed in this catalog. Scholarship application information may be found on the Cortland Web site.
Award: One-time merit/need-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established by the Sisters of the Arethusa Sorority.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a full-time sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student having a 2.5 grade point average or better and demonstrated financial need. Leadership and involvement in campus life are taken into consideration.
Assistant Coach Scholarship
Award: Merit-based award of tuition support for up to four three credit-hour courses (or equivalent) per year.
Eligibility Criteria: Interested students must be SUNY Cortland students in one of the following categories:
Recipient may not participate as an athlete in intercollegiate athletics.
Yuki Chin Memorial Scholarship
Award: Amount of this merit-based award is determined by the International Programs Office.
Donor: Established by Wah Chip Chin to provide financial assistance for graduate students from the Capital Normal University to attend SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: The main purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance for graduate students from the Capital Normal University to attend SUNY Cortland. The scholarship may also be used to benefit the following student types listed in priority order:
Community Scholarship for Student Volunteers and Interns
Award: One-time merit/need-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established by LaRetha Lehman, professor emerita of physical education.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at SUNY Cortland. A minimum 2.5 grade point average is required when applying. Preference is given to students who are working or volunteering at the Cortland YWCA, physical education majors and females.
Graduate Opportunity Program Tuition Scholarship
Award: One-time need-based award of cost of tuition per semester.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to matriculated graduate students who were former EOP, HEOP or SEEK program graduates.
Non-Traditional Student Scholarship
Award: One-time merit/need-based award of at least $500.
Donor: Established by an anonymous donor.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a full-time or part-time sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student, with demonstrated financial need, who has completed at least 12 credit hours of study at SUNY Cortland and is taking at least six credit hours in the semester the scholarship is received. Student is nontraditional in the sense that his/her college education has been interrupted. Age is not a factor. Both males and females are eligible. Preference will be given to deserving candidates who have earned a minimum 2.5 grade point average in prior course work.
Fr. Edward O'Heron Scholarship
Award: One-time merit-based award of at least $1,000.
Donor: Established by the Newman Foundation Board to benefit academically promising English majors, with preference given to juniors, seniors and graduate students who exemplify Fr. O'Heron's commitment to others. The purpose of this fund is to honor the 38 year legacy of Fr. O'Heron as Catholic Chaplain of SUNY Cortland, his commitment to students and his love of literature.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in English or adolescence education: English. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 and 500-word essay required. Preference given to students who demonstrate qualities of caring, community service and helping others as demonstrated by the life of Fr. O'Heron. Intellectual promise as an English teacher or writer also considered.
Student Government Association Leadership Scholarship
Award: One-time merit-based awards of up to $1,250.
Donor: Established and supported by the Student Government Association (SGA).
Eligibility Criteria: Sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students with a minimum 2.5 grade point average demonstrating leadership skills through SGA or other campus service projects, with community service in the Cortland area as a second priority.
Marion C. Thompson Memorial Scholarship in English
Award: One-time merit/need-based award of up to $1,500.
Donor: Established in 1983 from the estate of Dr. Marion C. Thompson, a professor of English at Cortland for 24 years until her retirement in 1966. Professor Thompson, an authority on folklore in American literature, died in 1982 and, through her will, stipulated that scholarship be awarded to English majors based upon merit and financial need.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to junior, senior or graduate students who are English majors having demonstrated academic success and financial need.