2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 21, 2021  
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Entering SUNY Cortland


 

 


Admissions

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Admissions Office
Miller Building, First Floor
(607) 753-4711
E-mail: admissions@cortland.edu
www.cortland.edu/admissions/

Evaluation Policy

The State University of New York College at Cortland seeks a diverse and academically strong student body. While competitive in admission standards, the admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.

Freshman Application and Criteria

All applications are individually reviewed. Admission decisions are based on a variety of factors; however, primary consideration is given to course selection and performance. Results from the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), class rank, extracurricular activities, essays and recommendations also enter into the admission decision. Completion of the application includes the following:

  1. SUNY Cortland accepts the Common Application, available at www.commonapp.org, and the SUNY Application, available at www.SUNY.edu.
  2. Official secondary school transcript or official results from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Those with prior military service must also provide a copy of their discharge papers (DD214).
  3. Official results from the ACT or SAT examinations. It is recommended that scores be sent directly from the testing agency.
  4. The completed SUNY Cortland supplemental application, available at www.cortland.edu/admissions/supplemental, along with one letter of recommendation. If additional information is needed, the Admissions Office will contact students. While there is no deadline for filing the application, it is recommended that applications for the fall semester be completed before March and applications for the spring semester be completed before December.

Candidates for admission must graduate from a secondary school program or present a General Equivalency Diploma. Preparation for freshman candidates should include the following:

English: 4 units
Foreign Language: 3-4 units
Science: 3-4 units
Social Studies: 4 units

Mathematics

1) completion of Regents math course III (with exam) or state math exam B or
2) candidates who attend a school in New York state that does not offer the Regents or who are from out of state will need three to four units.

Students who apply to the Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre will need to audition for the faculty in the Performing Arts Department, and those applying to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Studio will need to submit a portfolio to the Art and Art History Department for review. The academic criteria listed above and a recommendation from the department are needed to be offered admission at SUNY Cortland.

All applicants are expected to be enrolled in a college preparatory track according to their state requirements (Regents level or higher in New York State).

SUNY Cortland is committed to a strong liberal arts foundation in all of its academic programs. Therefore, admission to the College will be granted to those applicants who present the strongest academic programs in English, social studies, mathematics, science and foreign language regardless of the intended major. A challenging college preparatory program with significant achievements both in and out of the classroom will help ensure an application that is competitive.

Decisions

Notification of fall semester admission decisions begins in early January and continues on a rolling basis, approximately 10 days following a completed application decision. Notification of spring admission decisions occurs on a rolling basis.

Deposits

A deposit is requested upon acceptance. Deposit fees are waived for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) candidates. The deposit secures a place in the entering class and a residence hall room for a specific semester. For fall semester applicants, the $50 tuition and $150 room deposits are due on May 1. Fall applicants accepted after April 1 will have 30 days from the date of the acceptance letter to submit the deposits. Spring semester applicants must submit deposits within 30 days of the date of the acceptance letter.

Deposits are not refundable beyond the deposit due date. No deposits will be refunded after the beginning of the semester.

Early Decision

An early decision option is available to fall semester freshman applicants who have decided that SUNY Cortland is their first choice college and plan to enroll here if accepted. Students should only select this option if Cortland is their first choice.

Early decision candidates will be asked to sign a letter of commitment agreeing to withdraw all other admission applications if accepted. To be considered for early decision, the completed freshman SUNY application must be received by the Application Services Center (ASC) by Nov. 1, and all additional application materials must be received by the Admissions Office by Nov. 15. In addition, an early decision commitment agreement, sent upon receipt of the application, must be returned to the College by Dec. 15.

Decision letters will be sent on a rolling basis through Dec. 15. If accepted for early decision, tuition and room deposits are due by Jan. 15.

Early Admission

The early admission option combines the final year of secondary school with the first year of college. Courses are selected during the first year at Cortland that meet requirements for completion of a high school diploma while simultaneously making progress toward a bachelor's degree.

Highly motivated students who will complete their junior year of secondary school may apply for admission as a college freshman. In addition to the other freshman admission requirements, early admission applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a school counselor, discussing the applicant's potential for success and outlining the courses needed to satisfy secondary school graduation requirements.

Note: Federal financial aid programs will not be available to early admission candidates until graduation from secondary school is officially confirmed.

Special Admission Opportunities

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

This admission option is designed for motivated applicants from New York State who are ineligible for admission under the traditional admission standards due to educational and economic disadvantages but demonstrate the potential for completing a college-level program. EOP students are enrolled in the same degree-granting programs as the traditionally admitted student.

EOP students receive individualized support, including tutoring as well as academic, career and personal counseling, in order to ensure their academic success. In addition, EOP students receive financial aid to help with the cost of room, board, tuition, books and personal expenses.

Eligibility is based on guidelines established by the State University of New York and the State Education Department. Transferring to SUNY Cortland as an EOP student requires previous matriculation in an EOP, HEOP, College SEEK or Discovery program.

Further information is included in the SUNY Application Viewbook. Additional questions should be referred to the Educational Opportunity Program Office, Cornish Hall, Room 116, (607) 753-4808.

Special Talent Admission

SUNY Cortland recognizes that achievements outside of traditional academic areas require exceptional commitment and may indicate further potential for success in college. Special talent admission considers applicants who demonstrate excellence in areas such as performing or visual arts, athletics, or writing.

Those interested in being considered for special talent should send evidence of their accomplishments to the appropriate academic department or coach at SUNY Cortland. Only applicants nominated by a Cortland faculty member or coach will be considered in light of special talents. Students must be nominated as a special talent candidate prior to an admission decision.

Alumni Admission

The College provides the opportunity for those who have enjoyed the benefit of a Cortland education to nominate applicants they believe would be successful here and contribute to the campus. Only four to five students will be offered admission to Cortland through this program each year.

A written nomination from a SUNY Cortland alumnus/alumna must be sent to the Admissions Office by Jan. 15. The sponsor must identify his or her year of graduation and indicate that he or she is nominating the applicant for the Alumni Admission Program. This sponsor should have a direct relationship with the applicant he or she is endorsing. Nominations from blood relatives are not accepted.

The applications of nominees ineligible for regular admission will be reviewed by an Alumni Association Committee to determine whether they will be invited to campus in March for an interview to provide further consideration. Some applicants may not need an interview for admission.

Applicants must be nominated as alumni admission candidates prior to an admission decision. This option is available only to freshman applicants interested in fall semester admission. Those denied admission cannot later be reconsidered in light of recommendations from alumni.

Transfer Application and Criteria

SUNY Cortland welcomes applications from students who have attended post-secondary institutions. Application decisions are based primarily on previous cumulative academic performance. To be considered for transfer admission, students must provide official transcripts from all previous colleges attended, whether they completed course work or withdrew. Failure to report all college-level work attempted may result in withdrawal of admission or dismissal from the College. Completion of the application includes the following:

  1. SUNY Cortland accepts the Common Application, available at www.commonapp.org, and the SUNY Application, available at www.SUNY.edu.
  2. Official college transcripts, sent from all post-secondary institutions attended. Those with prior military service must also provide a copy of their discharge papers (DD214).
  3. Official secondary school transcript or official results from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  4. The SUNY Cortland Supplemental Application, available at www.cortland.edu/admissions/supplemental, and letters of recommendation are optional for transfer students.

Candidates are encouraged to apply before March for the fall semester and before December for the spring semester.

Admissions Criteria

Students with three semesters or more of course work completed or a total of 45 credit hours:
a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale is required for admission. Some programs, however, are more competitive. SUNY Cortland gives preference to those who have or will complete an associate's degree.

Students with two semesters or less of course work or a total of 30 credit hours or less:
a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and who would have been considered acceptable as a freshman candidate based on their high school record.

Advanced Standing

Only course work satisfactorily completed at regionally accredited collegiate institutions will be accepted. Usually credit is allowed only for those courses in which a grade of C- or better has been earned. However, credit may be granted for D grades if the student has received an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) or any bachelor's degree at the time of first admission to SUNY Cortland.

Grades of Pass (P) and Satisfactory S awarded at another institution may be accepted at the discretion of the associate dean of the school of the student's major at the initial point of matriculation. The associate dean will have the opportunity to:

  • decline to accept the course,
  • waive a requirement on the basis of a Pass (P) and Satisfactory (S) grade without granting course credit,
  • allow the course to count as its equivalent at Cortland in the case of activity/participation courses,
  • award credit under the General Elective (GEN) or Liberal Arts (LAS) labels.

All credit hours accepted for transfer must have been earned at institutions granted regional accreditation by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), e.g., the Middle States Association, Southern Association, North Central Association, New England Association, Northwest Association, or Western Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges.

While credit hours are transferable, grades earned at other colleges are not calculated in the Cortland grade point average. Grade point averages that qualify students for honors and recognition at Commencement are based exclusively on course work at Cortland.

Students entering SUNY Cortland with an A.A. or A.S. will, in most instances, be able to complete requirements for a bachelor's degree with an additional 60-64 credit hours of course work. Students pursuing professional degree programs, such as those leading to teacher certification, may need additional courses to fulfill requirements over and above the minimum needed to earn a Cortland bachelor's degree. Requirements for the bachelor's degree are listed in the Degree Requirements section of this catalog.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

SUNY Cortland grants the maximum number of transfer credits possible for courses completed at other accredited colleges. The following guidelines and policies apply to transfer credit evaluation:

Transfer students may receive up to 64 credit hours of transfer credit from two-year colleges. This maximum credit-hour total includes any 100- or 200-level courses, Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, College Proficiency or International Baccalaureate credits. Transfer students from four-year colleges or universities may receive additional credit hours toward degree requirements at Cortland — up to 79 credit hours in arts and sciences programs, and up to 83 credit hours in certification programs. A minimum of 45 credit hours of course work as well as half of the major, minor and/or concentration must be completed in residency at Cortland to earn a Cortland bachelor's degree.

If a student proposes to transfer in credit from a distance learning course, the College will consider only credits offered by an institution that has recognized national accreditation. These courses will be treated as regular transfer courses. No other distance learning courses will be accepted for credit.

SUNY Cortland has a credit-hour system. Credits completed at institutions with a quarter-hour system are converted according to College policy. One quarter hour equals two-thirds of a credit hour.

Courses taken in parallel programs at other institutions usually satisfy bachelor's degree requirements at Cortland. If a student changes degree plans, it is possible that some courses taken at other institutions will not meet degree requirements in an alternate program at Cortland. One half the credit hours for the major, minor or concentration must be completed at Cortland.

To assure a clear articulation between programs at other institutions and specific majors at Cortland, students are encouraged to consult this catalog and to complete only those courses at other institutions that will fulfill specific Cortland major/degree requirements.

An evaluation of transfer credits is completed upon request. Students who have been offered admission and indicate their intent to attend Cortland will automatically receive an evaluation of transfer credits. Each evaluation will indicate the maximum number of transfer credits applicable to the SUNY Cortland degree as well as the number of credit hours needed to complete the degree.

Transfer Student General Education Requirements

Transfer students are required to fulfill all Cortland General Education requirements, including elements specific to the Cortland degree such as writing intensive courses and foreign language, as the major specifies. Students will take one course in each of the 13 General Education categories with the exception of

  • natural sciences, which is a two-course requirement
  • foreign language where the requirement depends on the degree program, and
  • basic communication in which students must complete both academic writing and presentation skills requirements.

    Double counting, or the use of a single course to satisfy more than one category, is allowed but is subject to the following limitations:
  • no course used by an individual student to satisfy the humanities category may be used to satisfy another subject category, and
  • no single course may in any case be used to satisfy more than two General Education categories.

Students may not take more than two courses in any one discipline to satisfy the requirements of the Cortland General Education Program. Students should refer to the registrar's Web site under All-College Requirements for detailed information regarding Cortland General Education Program. A full list of General Education requirements across SUNY is available at www.suny.edu/provost/generaleducation/courselist/mastercampuslist.cfm. Information on General Education requirements also is available in the General Education section of this catalog.

Any approved SUNY General Education course taken at another institution will be accepted into the related Cortland General Education category. Courses from non-SUNY institutions and courses for Cortland GE Category 11, Prejudice and Discrimination, and Category 12, Science, Technology, Values and Society, also may be transferred, providing they meet the learning outcomes of these categories. Natural sciences courses that provide a survey of a traditional discipline with a laboratory component will be accepted into category 2A; all others will be accepted into category 2B. Transfer students may be granted up to three waivers that can be applied toward meeting the requirements in Category 11, Category 12, and one of the course requirements in Category 2. Transfer students may be eligible for waivers based on the number of transfer credit hours according to the following formula:

  • Students entering Cortland with 20-34.5 credit hours will be eligible for one waiver.
  • Students entering Cortland with 35-49.5 credit hours will be eligible for two waivers.
  • Students entering Cortland with 50 or more credit hours will be eligible for three waivers.

Decisions

Notification of fall semester admission decisions begins in early January and continues on a rolling basis, approximately 10 days following a completed application decision. Notification of spring admission decisions occurs on a rolling basis.

Deposits

A deposit is requested upon acceptance. Deposit fees are waived for Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) candidates. The deposits secure a place in the entering class and a residence hall room for a specific semester. For fall semester applicants, the $50 tuition and $150 room deposits are due on May 1. Fall applicants accepted after April 1 will have 30 days from the date of the acceptance letter to submit the deposits. Spring semester applicants must submit deposits within 30 days of the date of the acceptance letter.

Deposits are not refundable beyond the deposit due date. No deposits will be refunded after the beginning of the semester.

Sources of Additional Credit or Advanced Standing

SUNY Cortland will accept a maximum of 30 credit hours earned through such sources as Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program, or College Proficiency and/or the International Baccalaureate. This maximum applies to all of these courses combined, not individually.

Challenge Examinations

At the discretion of individual departments, students may arrange challenge examinations to demonstrate proficiency in the content areas of specific courses for academic credit. Faculty may arrange written, oral or performance exercises to establish competency, and the appropriate number of credit hours will be awarded for satisfactory performance with a grade of P. Interested students should contact the department chair responsible for the content area they wish to challenge. If the department agrees to supervise the challenge, the student is referred to the office of the associate dean to complete the appropriate form and pay a fee, if appropriate.

Credit for International Baccalaureate Courses

Students enrolling at SUNY Cortland who have completed International Baccalaureate course work will receive advanced standing toward their bachelor's degree at Cortland as follows:

  • Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma will receive up to a maximum of 30 credit hours (one year's advanced standing).
  • Students who have not completed the International Baccalaureate diploma will receive equivalent credit for up to two introductory courses for each higher-level examination in which a grade of four or better has been earned.
  • Subsidiary/standard level subjects will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Credit for Courses Taken in Military Service

Credit for and/or waiver of courses or programs taken while in the military service may be granted by the associate dean of the school in which the student majors with the consultation of the appropriate department chair if these courses or programs are parallel to courses offered at Cortland.

Credit for Equivalency Examinations

Under State University of New York policy, credit will be granted for published examinations from the following test series, provided that the specified minimum Cortland performance levels are met and that the examinations are in areas that normally receive transfer credit at Cortland.

Cortland students are not eligible to receive credit by equivalency examinations when they are enrolled in or have completed a higher-level course within the same discipline.

A maximum of 30 credit hours may be earned through these published examinations:

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit is granted for Subject Examinations based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended score for awarding credit. No credit is given for CLEP General Examinations. SUNY Cortland equivalent course information is available on the Transfer Equivalencies Web page. At this time, Cortland is not a test center for the College-Level Examination Program. Information regarding test centers can be obtained by contacting the College Board, Program Director, College-Level Examination Program, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08541.

College Proficiency Examinations

Credit granted for performance at a grade level of C.

Advanced Placement Program

Credit granted for a score of three or higher within the scale of five points used for this program.

Programs Sponsored by Noncollegiate Organizations and the Armed Forces

SUNY Cortland observes the recommendations of the American Council on Education's Office on Educational Credit and of the University of the State of New York's Program in Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction in the evaluation of education experiences sponsored by noncollegiate organizations and the military when the content is considered appropriate as transfer credit.

Credit for and/or waiver of courses or programs taken under the auspices of a noncollegiate organization or the armed forces may be granted by the associate dean of the student's major with the consultation of the appropriate department chair.

International Student Admission

SUNY Cortland welcomes applications from foreign nationals seeking matriculation into undergraduate and graduate programs. Prospective students are sent the following materials which must be returned to the SUNY Cortland Admissions Office unless otherwise designated.

  1. State University of New York Application along with a $40 (U.S. dollars only) application fee in the form of a bank or money order. This must be sent to the Application Services Center in Albany in the envelope provided with the application.
  2. Application for International Students (English proficiency report, essay and financial support statement).
  3. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam report.
  4. SAT or ACT for applicants who are attending high school in the U.S.
  5. Official high school transcript with professional translation of all documents into English along with the original documents.

Part-Time Study

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Registrar's Office
Miller Building, Room 223
607) 753-4702
www.cortland.edu/registrar/

Services for part-time undergraduate-degree students are provided by academic departments. Services for non-degree community residents are provided by the Registrar's Office, Miller Building, Room 223.

The Registrar's Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is (607) 753-4702.

Part-time and Non-degree Status

Undergraduate students may enroll in courses on a part-time, non-degree basis by registering through the Registrar's Office.

Undergraduate non-degree students (UND) may not register for more than a total of 11.5 credit hours. Undergraduate students who have earned a total of 11.5 credit hours, must apply through the Admissions Office for matriculated status or discontinue work at Cortland. If accepted, such students will register with other matriculated students in accord with the registration schedule available on the Web.

Qualified high school juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll in college-level courses at Cortland as part-time, non-degree students with a letter of recommendation from their school guidance counselors. They may be enrolled in freshman or sophomore-level courses upon the approval of their school guidance counselors.

All students who have been academically dismissed are ineligible for non-matriculated status. Students should consult this catalog to be certain that all prerequisites for courses in which they may enroll have been fulfilled. Registration for non-degree students opens the first day of the semester on a course availability basis, after degree students have been advised and registered.

Identification Cards

All students who register for courses at the College are required to have a SUNY Card. For more information, refer to the Campus Resources/Student Support section of this catalog.

Registration (Non-degree Students)

All non-degree undergraduate students register for courses through the Registrar's Office. The full Course Schedule and all pertinent registration information including important dates and deadlines are available at www.cortland.edu/registrar on the Web.

Eligible students may enroll and pay at the time of registration the day classes begin on a course availability basis.

Students who do not pay their tuition bill for the courses for which they have registered by the payment deadline will be de-registered.

Summer Session

A summer session schedule of courses, programs and services is available on the Web early in the spring semester. Courses are available in one ten-week session, two consecutive five-week sessions, and four two-and-a-half-week sessions, two in Summer Session I and two in Summer Session II.

Tuition and Fees

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Student Accounts Office
Miller Building, Room 323
(607) 753-2313
www.cortland.edu/student_accounts

Expenses listed in this section are current as of the time of publication. All charges are subject to change without prior notice. It is recommended that students inquire about current rates or check the Student Accounts Office Web site.

Residency

The SUNY system was designed to provide quality educational access to qualified residents of New York State. SUNY residency standards require that students have established a domicile, a principal and permanent home to which one always intends to return, as opposed to temporary residence incidental to community college or university attendance. A person may have many residences but only one domicile.

Students who have not maintained a domicile in New York State for a period of one year prior to their first registration are not considered residents. One does not acquire domicile by mere physical presence in New York for purposes of attending a college or university. Proof of domicile is based on documented, previous and continuing intention to remain in New York State. Mere physical presence in New York for a 12-month period does not constitute domicile. Persons who have been physically present in New York for more than 12 months, but have maintained (or are dependents of someone who maintains) a permanent and principal residence outside of New York or who intended to leave New York upon termination of their studies will not be eligible for resident tuition rates. Students who are receiving resident educational benefits from another state are nonresidents.

Dependent students are considered residents of the state where their parents/guardians live. Their documentation would rely on information relating to themselves and parents or legal guardians. Students claiming emancipation must furnish evidence of both financial independence and establishment of domicile.

Such documentation would include, but not be limited to, independent filing of both federal and New York State full-year resident tax returns, documented duration and purpose of physical presence in New York, exclusion of parental income on FAFSA documents, exclusion of parental claim for dependency on tax returns, employment within New York, state of residence of the student's family (parents, spouse, children), voter registration, vehicle registration, real property ownership or evidence of residential rental lease, student's assets or liabilities, evidence of utilities in the student's name, sources and extent of parental or other income, and place of residence during school recesses.

Driving a vehicle registered to one's parent, enrollment in a parent's health insurance plan as a dependent student, or use of PLUS loans constitutes acceptance of parental support. If students continue to accept financial support from parents, they may not be considered emancipated, even if the parents do not claim the students as dependents for tax purposes.

Emancipated students are totally responsible for paying all of their educational costs. The amount of income claimed by students must be in excess of educational expenses, including those expenses associated with living in non-university housing. Income includes financial aid awarded directly to the students with the exception of parental loans.

Non-immigrant aliens admitted to the United States in visa categories which prohibit them from establishing a United States residence would not be able to obtain resident tuition rates, regardless of the time domiciled in New York State. The Student Accounts Office will determine if a visa falls within one of these categories. Immigrant aliens who may lawfully reside in the United States on a permanent basis may obtain resident tuition rates under normal domiciliary requirements.

Military personnel, their spouses or dependents may qualify for resident tuition rates while the military person is stationed on active duty on a full-time basis in New York. Documentation of such must be provided each semester for active military personnel and their dependents, as well as an application for resident tuition rates.

Governor Pataki signed an amendment to section 355 of the Education Law that provides that students who complete both their junior and senior years, as well as graduate from a New York State high school may qualify for resident tuition rates if they attend SUNY Cortland within five years of high school graduation. The students must provide the Student Accounts Office with a certified high school transcript to substantiate this fact along with an application for resident tuition rates.

The Student Accounts Office has information regarding residency. Applications for residency for tuition purposes may be obtained at the Student Accounts Office or downloaded from the Student Accounts Web page. Residency applications must be completed no later than the last day to add or register for courses for the semester in question. In accordance with SUNY policy, any students who fail to complete and return the application and provide required documentation in order to confirm New York resident status will be charged nonresident tuition rates.

Tuition

In accordance with SUNY Board of Trustees Policies, tuition charges are assessed by the student's matriculation status. Nonmatriculated students are charged tuition by the level of the course, as defined by the institution: undergraduate rates for undergraduate- level courses and graduate rates for graduate-level courses. Matriculated students are charged tuition based on the level of their matriculation. Matriculated undergraduate students will be charged undergraduate rates for all courses taken, regardless of course level.

A confirmation/remittance portion of the billing statement must be returned each semester to confirm attendance and acceptance of charges. Online acceptance of charges may be substituted if the student's billed charges are fully covered by financial aid at the time payments are due or Web payment options are utilized.

Full-time* resident undergraduate  

 

  (annual - fall and spring semesters)  

$4,350

Full-time* nonresident undergraduate  

 

  (annual - fall and spring semesters)  

$10,610

Part-time resident undergraduate  

 

  (per credit hour)  

$181

Part-time nonresident undergraduate  

 

  (per credit hour)  

$442

* Students are considered full time for tuition and financial aid purposes at 12 or more credit hours.

Students must be registered for 12 unduplicated hours in order to be eligible for TAP. A minimum of six credit hours is required for receipt of federally guaranteed subsidized or unsubsidized student loans. Please contact Financial Advisement for details.

Fees

College Fee

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.
Allocation: $8.20 per credit hour for part-time students and $98 per semester (fall/spring) for 12 or more credit hours.

Technology Fee

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.
Allocation: $11.25 per credit hour for part-time students and $135 per semester (fall/spring) for 12 or more credit hours. Technology Fee for summer and winter sessions is charged per credit hour.

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.
Allocation: $12.60 per credit hour for part-time students and $151 per semester for 12 or more credit hours.

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.
Allocation: $9.45 per credit hour for part-time students and $113 per semester for 12 or more credit hours. Health Services Fee may be charged during summer sessions.

Transportation Fee

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.
Allocation: $5.00 per credit hour for part-time students and $60 per semester for 12 or more credit hours.

Transcript 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 College reserves the right to deny transcripts to any student who is delinquent in an obligation to the College.

Alumni Fee

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 is available 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 via 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 is $56.20 per semester. This includes parking and registration fees and New York State sales tax.

Room and Board

Room and board expenses vary depending on accommodations and the meal plan chosen by the student. Basic charges are listed in the table of estimated costs below.

Tuition Deposit

The student admission deposit of $50, billed at the time of acceptance, is credited toward the payment of tuition.

Room Deposit (on-campus housing)

New students pay a room deposit of $150 at the same time as the admission deposit. Returning students are required to pay a $150 room deposit at the time of on-campus housing assignment. This is applied to the payment of room charges.

Other Fees and Fines

Program Fees

Certain courses have additional expenses that may be charged to cover costs of student materials or special equipment necessary for instruction, such as 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 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.

Waiver of the campus-based insurance is done by submitting a completed a health insurance waiver online on or before the required due date, usually 30 days from the start of the semester. Failure to waive by the required due date will result in the student being held responsible for the cost of health insurance added to his/her bill.

Detailed information regarding health insurance coverage, rates, waivers and due dates and is available on the Student Accounts Office Web page at www.cortland.edu/student_accounts. Students who use financial aid resources to purchase SUNY Cortland health insurance should contact their financial aid advisor to arrange for the cost of insurance to be added to their financial aid budget.

Part-time students and graduate students, enrolled for at least six credit hours of course work, may voluntarily purchase insurance coverage by following instructions on the SUNY Cortland Web site. 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 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.

Account Re-bill/Late Payment Charge (maximum per bill)   $50
Alumni Fee (optional - per semester)   $15
Drop/Add Fee (per transaction)   $20
Fingerprint Service for Certification (pay to UPD)   $10
Fingerprint Service for Certification (pay to state)   $94.25
Graduate Application Fee   $65
Health Transcripts (each)   $4
Late Registration Fee   $40
Monthly Payment Plan Fee (per semester)   $35
Returned Item Charge   $20
  applied to financial instruments, such as checks,
credit cards, ACH transactions returned unpaid by bank
   
Parking Fines (under 60 days due)   $25
Parking Fines (after 60 days)   $35
Parking Permit (per semester)   $56.20
SUNY Card   $10
SUNY Card (replacement)   $15

Tuition and Fee Payment Policies

Payment Policies

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 early January. Summer advance registrants will be billed in late 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 add/drop 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 Registrar's Office should be notified of any address, telephone or e-mail address changes. Students can review their bill or financial aid information 24/7 by accessing 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 payment of account balances 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/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.

Payment is expected at time of regisration for students registering during add/drop period. 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. 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 five-payment 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.

Refunds

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 paid for that term. Students will receive a full refund of tuition and fees when a course is canceled by the College.

Tuition Deposit

For students who are admitted into terms that begin between June 1 and Nov. 30, the admission deposit is refundable if requested on or before May 1. For students who are admitted into terms that begin between Dec. 1 and May 31, the admission deposit is refundable if requested on or before Nov. 1. If a student is notified of acceptance after April 1 for the fall semester or Oct. 1 for the spring semester, the deposit is refundable if both of the following conditions are met: The refund must be requested within 30 days after notification of acceptance is sent to the student, and the refund must be requested before the first day of classes in the term for which the deposit was paid. No deposits will be refunded after the beginning of a semester.

Students who have forwarded deposits based on conditional acceptance by the College, but are found inadmissable, are eligible for refund of the admission deposit. Students who withdraw to enter full-time, active military service are eligible for refund of the admission deposit.

Room Deposit

To receive a refund of the room deposit, current students must provide written notification of withdrawal from the College to Residential Services by May 1 prior to the fall semester and by Nov. 1 prior to the spring semester. If individuals submit their deposit after April 1 or Oct. 1, a refund will be granted if the written request is received within 30 days of the payment of the deposit and before the first day of occupancy. All new entering students will follow the same guidelines as for the tuition deposit.

Tuition and Fees

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 Registrar's 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 a student who withdraws to enter full-time active duty in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard of the United States. A student who is a member of a National Guard or Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Air Force Reserve Unit is entitled to reduced liability only if, in the judgement of the designated school official, the student is unable to attend classes due to hardship beyond the student's control and the student has 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 (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 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:

Tuition Liability During Indicated Week
Length of term   First   Second   Third   Fourth   Fifth
Full Semester   0   30%   50%   70%   100%
12-week term   0   40%   60%   100%    
10-week term   0   50%   70%   100%    
9-week term   0   55%   75%   100%    
Quarter or 8-week term   0   60%   80%   100%    
7-week term   0   65%   100%        
6-week term   0   70%   100%        
5-week term   0   75%   100%        

 

    Second day
of classes
Remainder of
first week
After
first week
4-week term   0   50%   100%
3-week term   0   65%   100%
2-week term   0   80%   100%
1-week term   100% — no refund once semester begins

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 to four weeks for processing.

College Fee

Once the semester begins, the College fee is nonrefundable, unless class is canceled by the College.

Program Service or Course Activity Fees

The Program Service Fee is refundable only if the student withdraws 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.

Room

Room refunds are based upon the date personal belongings are removed from the room and check-out procedures have been followed. In addition to forfeiture of the $150 room deposit, students who occupy a room for three weeks or less will receive a prorated refund based on the weekly charge for the number of weeks (or partial weeks) housed. Students who occupy a room after the Saturday following the third full week of occupancy in the residence halls will be liable for the entire semester's room rent. Terminations of the housing license due to judicial sanctioning do not receive a refund of room charges. Voluntary termination of the housing license will result in assessment of $150 termination fee.

Board

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 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.

Estimated Costs for a Year at SUNY Cortland*

    In State Out of State
Tuition and Fees   $5,485 $11,745
Room   $5,460-$7,040, depending on room choice  
Meal Plan   $3,550-$3,950 depending on plan choice  
Other Costs:   May include books, supplies, lab/activity fees, parking/registration and personal expenses

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 admission deposit of $50, which is required of all new students, and the 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.

New York State Residents - Charges Per Semester*

Credit Hours

 

Tuition

 

College Fee

 

Program
Service Charge

 

Total

.5
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
5.5
6.0
6.5
7.0
7.5
8.0
8.5
9.0
9.5
10.0
10.5
11.0
11.5
12.0

 

 

90.50
181.00
271.50
362.00
452.50
543.00
633.50
724.00
814.50
905.00
995.50
1,086.00
1,176.50
1,267.00
1,357.50
1,448.00
1,538.50
1,629.00
1,719.50
1,810.00
1,900.50
1,991.00
2,081.50
2,175.00

 

 

0.85
0.85
1.28
1.70
2.13
2.55
2.98
3.40
3.83
4.25
4.68
5.10
5.53
5.95
6.38
6.80
7.23
7.65
8.08
8.50
8.93
9.35
9.78
12.50

 

 

28.06
51.10
74.16
97.20
120.26
143.30
166.36
189.40
212.46
235.50
258.56
281.60
304.66
327.70
350.76
373.80
396.86
419.90
442.96
466.00
489.06
512.10
535.16
555.00

 

 

119.41
232.95
346.94
460.90
574.89
688.85
802.04
916.80
1,030.79
1,144.75
1,258.74
1,372.70
1,486.69
1,600.65
1,714.64
1,828.60
1,942.59
2,056.55
2,170.54
2,284.50
2,398.49
2,512.45
2,626.44
2,742.50

* Per credit hour. Effective Fall 2008 Semester: Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice, resulting from SUNY Board of Trustees or New York State legislative actions.

Non-New York State Residents - Charges Per Semester*

Credit Hours

 

Tuition

 

College Fee

 

Program
Service Charge

 

Total

.5
1.0
1.5
2.0
2.5
3.0
3.5
4.0
4.5
5.0
5.5
6.0
6.5
7.0
7.5
8.0
8.5
9.0
9.5
10.0
10.5
11.0
11.5
12.0

 

 

221.00
442.00
663.00
884.00
1,105.00
1,326.00
1,547.00
1,768.00
1,989.00
2,210.00
2,431.00
2,652.00
2,873.00
3,094.00
3,315.00
3,536.00
3,757.00
3,978.00
4,199.00
4,420.00
4,641.00
4,862.00
5,083.00
5,305.00

 

 

0.85
0.85
1.28
1.70
2.13
2.55
2.98
3.40
3.83
4.25
4.68
5.10
5.53
5.95
6.38
6.80
7.23
7.65
8.08
8.50
8.93
9.35
9.78
12.50

 

 

28.06
51.10
74.16
97.20
120.26
143.30
166.36
189.40
212.46
235.50
258.56
281.60
304.66
327.70
350.76
373.80
396.86
419.90
442.96
466.00
489.06
512.10
535.16
555.00

 

 

249.91
493.95
738.44
982.90
1,227.39
1,471.85
1,716.34
1,960.80
2,205.29
2,449.75
2,694.24
2,938.70
3,183.19
3,427.65
3,672.14
3,916.60
4,161.09
4,405.55
4,650.04
4,894.50
5,138.99
5,383.45
5,627.94
5,872.50

*Per credit hour. Effective Fall 2008 Semester: Tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notice, resulting from SUNY Board of Trustees or New York State legislative actions.

Financial Advisement

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Financial Advisement Office
Miller Building, Room 205
(607) 753-4717
www.cortland.edu/finadv/

Information contained in the financial advisement section of this catalog is reflective of federal/state/college information and regulations as of spring 2008 and is subject to change.

The Financial Advisement Office exists to provide a broad range of financial services, advice and education to students, their families and the Cortland area community. Its work includes all of the functions normally associated with financial aid and a number of additional services targeted both to aid recipients and to those students not receiving traditional need-based financial aid.

The bulk of the office's activity still revolves around grants, scholarships, student loans and Work Study, but the office also provides information about everything from student credit cards to parent loans and home equity loans. It endeavors to educate students on general financial matters, from budgeting and proper credit use, to identity theft prevention and managing a credit report/FICO score.

The Financial Advisement Office staff is available throughout a student's Cortland experience to share financial knowledge and provide good-sense answers to financial questions. Students are invited to visit the office and meet with an advisor.

The Basics of Traditional Financial Aid

An individual student may receive a combination of funding from grant, scholarship, loan and Work Study programs, which together are known as a financial aid package. Each package is created with a focus on the individual student's unique situation.

Most traditional student financial aid is awarded based on financial need. Need is defined as the total cost of college attendance minus the amount the family is able to pay. The amount the family is able to pay is called the expected family contribution and is determined based on a formula mandated under federal law. The cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies plus allowances for personal expenses and transportation.

The Financial Advisement Office also administers many funding programs that are not based on need, including scholarships (institutional and external), veteran's benefits, parent loans and alternative loans. The total aid received from all programs combined can never exceed the student's cost of attendance.

The Financial Aid Application Procedure

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required each year that a student requests financial assistance. SUNY Cortland's deadline for filing the application is March 1 prior to the award year. While those who apply late are still eligible for certain financial aid programs, late applicants are likely to experience significant delays in the processing and payment of awards.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit their FAFSA application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Early filing of the FAFSA is strongly recommended, but this document may not be submitted prior to January 1 preceding the award year.

The submission of a FAFSA results in the production of a Student Aid Report (SAR) which is e-mailed or sent to students' home address. The data also are sent electronically to SUNY Cortland's Financial Advisement Office and the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC). The Financial Advisement Office determines eligibility for federal student financial aid such as grants, loans, work-study and other need-based higher education assistance sources.

Types of Financial Aid

There are four basic types of aid programs — grants, scholarships, loans and employment. Funds received from grants, scholarships and employment do not have to be repaid. The amount and usage may be restricted. Most aid programs are subject to legislative revision from time to time, and the descriptions that follow are based on information that is accurate at the time of publication.

New York State Programs

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Application Procedures: New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC), 99 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12255, offers an online application process based on information reported in the FAFSA filed by students. Students are encouraged to complete the online TAP application immediately after completing the online FAFSA.

NYSHESC determines applicants' eligibility and e-mails an award certificate to applicants indicating the amount of the grant. Award data are sent to the Financial Advisement Office electronically, and the College automatically defers payment on approved TAP awards.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The TAP grant is an entitlement program. There is neither a qualifying examination nor a limited number of awards. The applicant must:

  • be a New York State resident and a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien;
  • be enrolled full-time and matriculated at an approved New York State postsecondary institution;
  • meet family net taxable income criteria.

Students attending on a part-time basis because of a disability may receive a partial TAP award. These students should self-identify to the Financial Advisement Office for part-time TAP consideration.

Undergraduate students generally may receive TAP awards for four years, eight semesters, of study. Students enrolled in approved five-year programs, or in a state-sponsored opportunity program (EOP), may receive undergraduate awards for five years. Graduate students may receive awards for four years. No students (including opportunity students) may receive awards for more than a total of eight years of undergraduate and graduate study.

Award Schedule: The amount of the TAP award is scaled according to level of study, tuition charge and family New York State net taxable income. The income measure is by family or independent student net taxable income from the preceding tax year and, for dependent students support from divorced or separated parents. This income is further adjusted to reflect other family members enrolled full time in postsecondary study. Under no circumstances will the total TAP award exceed tuition charges.

Note: Full-time students who repeat courses that they have passed, for the purpose of improving their grades, may jeopardize their eligibility for TAP. Regulations provide that students must take at least 12 credit hours of new course work each semester to qualify for full-time status. If any of those 12 hours are in a course being retaken for the purpose of improving a previous passing grade, the student will fail to qualify as a full-time student and will lose eligibility for TAP.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

An applicant must:

  • be a New York State resident;
  • be academically disadvantaged according to definitions promulgated by the Office of Special Programs of the State University;
  • have the potential to complete a degree program at SUNY Cortland,
  • be economically disadvantaged according to guidelines approved by the Board of Regents and the director of the budget. Students are admitted to the EOP Program at the time of acceptance to SUNY Cortland and may not enter the program after attending as a non-EOP student. Selection of eligible applicants is conducted by the Admissions and Financial Advisement Offices in conjunction with EOP guidelines.

VESID Grants (Vocational Rehabilitation)

Information about state-provided financial assistance to students with disabilities may be obtained from the regional office of Vocational and Educational Services to Individuals with Disabilities (VESID).

Aid for Part-time Study

This program is for part-time undergraduate students enrolled in degree programs in New York State. Part-time study is defined as being enrolled for three to 11 credit hours per semester.

Application Procedure: Students should contact the SUNY Cortland Financial Advisement Office annually for an application form. The form must be completed and submitted to the Financial Advisement Office with any required supporting documents. Students must also complete a FAFSA form to apply for a Federal Pell Grant. APTS Applications must be received in Financial Advisement by the 30th day of the semester in order to be considered for that semester. Fall applicants are automatically considered for spring semester awards. No awards are made for summer.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: Applicants must be working toward an undergraduate degree as part-time students; be residents of New York State; be either a U.S. citizen, permanent resident alien or refugee; and apply for a federal Pell Grant (FAFSA). Funds for this program are limited and are directed to those students with the greatest need.

State Aid to Native Americans

Application Procedures: Application forms may be obtained from the Native American Education Unit, New York State Education Department, Education Building, Room 543, Albany, N.Y. 12234. The completed application form should be forwarded by the applicant to the Native American Education Unit along with the following materials:

  • official transcript of high school record or photocopy of General Equivalency Diploma;
  • letter(s) of recommendation from one or more leaders in the community attesting to personality and character;
  • personal letter, setting forth clearly and in detail educational plans and desires;
  • signatures of the parents of minor applicants, approving education plans;
  • official tribal certification form.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The applicant must:

  • be a member of one of the Native American tribes located on reservations within New York State;
  • have graduated from an approved high school or have earned a General Equivalency Diploma or be enrolled in a program in an approved postsecondary institution leading to degree-credit status and the General Equivalency Diploma;
  • be enrolled in an approved postsecondary institution in New York State. State Aid to Native Americans is an entitlement program. There is neither a qualifying examination nor a limited number of awards.

Award Schedule: The award is for a maximum of four years of fulltime study, a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. Students registered less than full time will be funded at a reduced level.

Rights and Responsibilities of Recipients: Students are responsible for notifying the Native American Education Unit in writing of any change in student status or program or institutional enrollment.

Regents Awards for Children of Deceased or Disabled Veterans

Application Procedures: A special application, obtainable from the high school principal or counselor, must be filed with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYHESC), 99 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12255. Documentary evidence to establish eligibility is required with the application. Any high school counselor can provide assistance with this.

  • Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: The applicant must be the child of a veteran who died or who has a current disability of 40 percent or more or who had such disability at the time of death, resulting from U.S. military service during one of the following periods:
  April 16, 1917-Nov. 11, 1918
Dec. 7, 1941-Dec. 31, 1946
June 27, 1950-Jan. 31, 1955
Oct. 1, 1961-May 7, 1975
Aug. 2, 1990-end of hostilities; and
  • a legal resident of New York State.

Legal residence in New York State on the part of the parent is also required at the time of entry into military service or, if the parent died as the result of military service, at the time of death.

Regents awards to children of deceased or disabled veterans are independent of family income or tuition charge, and are in addition to such other grants or awards to which the applicant may be entitled.

Award Schedule: The award is available for up to five years, depending on the normal length of the program of study or full-time study in a college or in a hospital nursing school in New York State.

Awards for Children of Corrections Officers

These awards are available to the children of corrections officers deceased or disabled in the line of duty in New York State. The terms of the award are almost identical to the children of deceased or disabled veterans awards above except for the service date and location restrictions. Applicants may request application materials from NYSHESC by calling (888) NYS-HESC.

Memorial Scholarships for Children and Spouses Of Deceased Police Officers and Firefighters

These awards are available to the spouses and children of police officers and firefighters killed as the result of injuries sustained in the line of duty. Awards are for full SUNY undergraduate tuition and certain additional non-tuition costs in conjunction with other state and federal grants. Applicants may request application materials from NYSHESC by calling (888) NYS-HESC.

Vietnam Veteran/Persian Gulf Veteran Tuition Award

These awards are available to full- and part-time students who are Vietnam or Persian Gulf veterans and enrolled in undergraduate programs at degree-granting institutions in New York State. The awards may not exceed tuition. In cases where the applicants have received Tuition Assistant Program (TAP) awards, the combined awards may be no greater than tuition and the TAP awards will be reduced accordingly.

Application Procedure: Applicants may obtain Vietnam Veterans/ Persian Gulf Veterans Tuition Award Supplement forms from the SUNY Cortland Financial Advisement Office, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (NYSHESC), 99 Washington Ave., Albany, N.Y. 12255 or by calling (888) NYS-HESC.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: Applicants must

  • have been residents of New York State on April 20, 1984, or at the time of entry into service and resume residency by Sept. 1, 1987;
  • have served in the U.S. Armed Forces in Indochina between Jan. 1, 1963, and May 7, 1975, or the Persian Gulf War between Aug. 2, 1990 and the end of hostilities;
  • be discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces under other than dishonorable conditions;
  • be enrolled in approved undergraduate programs in degree-granting institutions in New York State; and
  • have applied for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Pell Grant awards.

Federal Programs

Title IV Student Aid

The term Title IV Student Aid is used to describe the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART Grant, Federal TEACH Grant/Loan, Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford Student Loan and Federal PLUS (Parent) Loan programs. A single application procedure is used for these programs, and the application data are used to determine eligibility for many other programs.

Application Procedures: Students apply for Title IV Aid by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted for processing according to the directions in the instruction booklet. A Student Aid Report (SAR) will be sent to the applicant from the federal processor and the application data will be transmitted electronically to the Financial Advisement Office. Based upon these data, the student's eligibility is determined by the Financial Advisement Office. Funds are paid directly to the student's institutional account. Overages above billed charges are refunded directly to the student by the Student Accounts Office.

Federal Pell Grants

The Federal Pell Grant Program is a grant for students from lower-income households. Students are eligible for Pell Grants until they have received their first bachelor's degree, dependent upon continuing need. The amount of the award will be affected by federal allocation, cost of attendance and full- or part-time enrollment status.

Application Procedures: Students who submit the FAFSA are automatically considered for this aid source based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the federal formula.
Responsibilities of Recipients: Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress in the program in which they are enrolled. The students must not owe any refunds on Pell Grant or other awards paid or be in default on repayment of any student loan.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG)

The Federal SEOG program is a federal grant program designed to supplement the Pell Grant program. A limited amount of funding is available for Pell-eligible students with additional need. Early submission of the FAFSA application will ensure a student's consideration for SEOG awards.

Application Procedures: Students who submit the FAFSA are automatically considered for this aid source based on need and timeliness of FAFSA application.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: SEOG grants are available to Pell-eligible students enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate degree program. The student must continue to make satisfactory academic progress to maintain eligibility.

Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant

The Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) is a merit-based grant available to freshmen and sophomores as a supplemental to the Federal Pell Grant. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, maintain full-time status and have graduated from a rigorous high school curriculum during the same calendar year in which they began college as freshmen. Eligible sophomores must have at least a B average, that is a 3.0 grade point average, at the end of their freshman year to remain eligible for the second, or sophomore, year of the grant. Most Pell-eligible freshmen at Cortland are eligible for this grant. Students should contact their advisor in the Financial Advisement Office for more information.

National SMART Grant

The National SMART Grant is a merit-based grant available as a supplement to the Federal Pell Grant for juniors and seniors in certain mathematics, science, technology and foreign language majors. Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, maintain full-time status and have at least a B average, that is a 3.0 grade point average, in an eligible major at the end of the prior award year. Students should contact their advisor in the Financial Advisement Office for more information.

TEACH Grant/Loan

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program is effective beginning with the 2008-2009 award year and provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to students who plan on becoming a teacher and meet certain specified requirements. If a student who receives a TEACH Grant does not complete the required teaching, the grant must be repaid as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Students should contact their advisor in the Financial Advisement Office for more information.

Federal Perkins Loan

This loan program is available in addition to traditional student loans for students with exceptional need. Total annual funding is limited and is based upon continuing collection of existing loans.

Application Procedures: Students who submit the FAFSA are automatically considered for this aid source based on need and timeliness of FAFSA application.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: Loans are available to students enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate degree program. Student must continue to make satisfactory academic progress to maintain eligibility.

Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)

This program provides part-time employment opportunities for students on campus and in the community. Students are paid as regular part-time employees except that no FICA tax is withheld.

Application Procedures: Students who submit the FAFSA are automatically considered for this aid source based on need and timeliness of FAFSA application.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: Positions are generally awarded to full-time undergraduate students. The student must continue to make satisfactory academic progress to maintain eligibility. Factors considered by the Financial Advisement Office in placing students to positions are student location preferences, class schedule, activity schedule and health status. The hourly rate of pay will vary with experience and skill level required for position.

Federal Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

These loans are the traditional student loans that are provided by banks/lending institutions and guaranteed by a guarantee agency.

Application Procedures: Students who submit the FAFSA are automatically considered for this aid source based on need. SUNY Cortland's financial aid package will automatically include Federal Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized Stafford student loan eligibility.

Special Note to First Time Borrowers: First-time borrowers will receive a Master Promissory Note (MPN), generally after June 15 prior to the award year. Return of the completed, signed promissory note will complete the student portion of the process. In future years, the existing MPN will be used and a new MPN will not be necessary. Entrance interviews are required of all first-time student loan borrowers. The College has arranged for students to perform this function online. Instructions for entrance interviews are available on myRedDragon.

The Federal Parent Loan For Undergraduate Students (PLUS)

The PLUS loan is a student loan that a parent borrows to assist in funding educational expenses for a dependent child. PLUS loan eligibility is based upon the student's enrollment and Title IV eligibility and may be denied for parents with an adverse credit history. The loan amount is limited to the cost of education minus any estimated or actual financial aid eligibility.

Application Procedures: Although PLUS loans are not based on financial need, students must submit the FAFSA to prove eligibility (citizenship match, social security number verification, selective service registration, etc.) before a parent may borrow. Since many parents choose not to borrow, SUNY Cortland does not automatically add a PLUS loan to a student's financial aid package. Parents may visit the Financial Advisement Office Web site to apply for online pre-approval. Promissory Notes and application instructions are mailed directly to the parent after pre-approval but no earlier than July 1.

Responsibilities of Recipients: Students must continue to make satisfactory academic progress in the program in which they are enrolled. The students must not owe any refunds on Pell Grant or other awards paid, or be in default on repayment of any student loan.

Other Federal Aid

United States Bureau of Indian Affairs Aid to Native Americans

Application Procedures: Application forms may be obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Education, 849 C St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20240-0001. The name and mailing address of the applicant's tribe should be stated with the request. An application is necessary for each year of study. An official needs analysis from the College Financial Advisement Office also is required each year. Each first-time applicant must obtain tribal enrollment certification from the Bureau agency or tribe which records enrollment for the tribe.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: To be eligible, the applicant must 1) be at least one-fourth American Indian, Eskimo or Aleut; 2) be an enrolled member of a tribe, band or group recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; 3) be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an approved college or university, pursuing at least a four-year degree; and 4) have financial need.

Rights and Responsibilities of Recipients: For grants to be awarded in successive years, the student must make satisfactory progress toward a degree and show financial need. Depending on availability of funds, grants also may be made to graduate students and summer session students. Eligible married students also may receive living expenses for dependents.

Department of Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits

Armed forces veterans planning to study under the Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1966 (Cold War GI Bill) should contact the College's Veterans Affairs Coordinator in the Financial Advisement Office immediately after verification of admission. Policies about benefits are determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and questions should be directed to the regional VA office in Buffalo, N.Y.

Tutoring is available without cost to veterans, within established norms, but must be approved and verified by the College's Veterans Affairs Office, located in the Financial Advisement Office.

While veterans are required to pay fees when due, as are all students, there are special guidelines for deferment of payments following establishment of eligibility through the Veterans Administration and the submission of a Certificate of Eligibility to the College's Veterans Affairs coordinator. To be eligible for full-time benefits, undergraduate veterans are required to carry a course load of at least 12 credit hours.

Application Procedures: Application forms are available at all VA offices, active duty stations and American embassies. Completed forms are submitted to the nearest VA office.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards: Persons who served on active duty, were honorably discharged at the end of their tours of duty or who qualify because of service-connected disabilities, may be eligible for benefits. Veterans may apply for benefits for full-time study at an approved postsecondary institution. Eligibility generally extends for 10 years after release from service. Veterans enrolled in full-time study may also be eligible for part-time employment under VA supervision and receive extra benefits.

Rights and Responsibilities of Recipients: Educational and vocational counseling will be provided by the VA on request. A program of education outside the United States may be pursued at an approved institution of higher learning. Institutions are required to report promptly to the VA interrupted attendance or termination of study on the part of students receiving benefits.

VA Survivor's Benefits

Children, spouses and survivors of veterans whose deaths or permanent total disabilities were service-connected, or who are listed as missing in action, may be eligible for postsecondary education benefits under the same conditions as veterans. Information is available from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Independent/Non-Traditional Students

The Financial Advisement Office is responsive to the needs of independent and nontraditional students. If there are circumstances that create additional expenses such as child care costs, please discuss them with your financial aid advisor.

Financial Independence for Student Financial Aid Programs

The Federal Title IV program criteria for financial independence may be found in the FAFSA application. These criteria are mandated by federal law and regulation, but in unusual cases, exceptions can be made by the financial aid advisors. Those students who believe that the federal criteria do not accurately represent their situation due to exceptional or unusual circumstances are encouraged to contact the Financial Advisement Office.

The financial independence criteria for the New York State TAP program are distinct from the federal criteria and may result in opposite dependency status determinations under the two programs. Acceptable special conditions are prescribed in state law and administered by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation. The College has no authority to make exceptions for the TAP program.

Students with Disabilities

Institutions of higher education are required to consider any additional costs incurred by students with disabilities when awarding financial aid. Students who anticipate such additional expenses are encouraged to contact the Financial Advisement Office.

Other Sources of Aid

Prospective students are encouraged to explore scholarship and loan opportunities in their home communities. The Financial Advisement Office administers private scholarships awarded to Cortland students. Recipients may obtain deferment of payment of some registration charges against private scholarships awarded to them if the Financial Advisement Office has official notification from the scholarship sponsor. No deferments of payment will be made against private scholarships that will be paid directly to the student.

Emergency Student Loan Funds

Loan funds supported by the College's Auxiliary Services Corporation and the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association provide small amounts to student borrowers to cover financial emergencies. These short-term loans are available beginning one week after classes begin. They must be repaid within three months or three weeks before the end of the semester, whichever occurs first, and there is no interest charged if they are repaid on time. These loans are not designed to meet tuition, college fee, on-campus housing and board charges, or the cost of books. Application is made in person in the Financial Advisement Office and approval usually is obtained in one or two days.

Part-time Employment

The Student Employment Services Office, which is part of the Career Services Office, works with the Financial Advisement Office to coordinate a multitude of student employment opportunities. Many students find a Federal Work Study position or other on-campus employment through this inter-office collaboration. A computerized job directory is maintained by Student Employment Services which also contains numerous off-campus employment openings. Typical jobs range from child care to computer operation. Students interested in obtaining jobs in the Cortland community or on campus should contact Student Employment Services, Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-4.

The Auxiliary Services Corporation (ASC), which operates food services and the College Store, also offers jobs during the year that are not advertised in Student Employment Services. Students who wish to work in this area should contact ASC directly at the offices in Neubig Hall.

During the second week of the fall semester, the Career Services Office, Auxiliary Services Corporation and many local employers come together for a Student Employment Fair. This event serves as a one-stop source for students seeking part-time employment.

Good Academic Standing for Financial Aid Eligibility

State Financial Aid Programs State University of New York has University-wide standards for the award of assistance under the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). To be eligible for New York State assistance under these standards, students must enroll in at least 12 credit hours of courses for each semester in which they receive assistance and must meet the academic progress standards shown below. In addition, TAP recipients must demonstrate that they are pursuing a program of study by completing a percentage of the minimum full-time course load each semester according to the following schedule.

Year of Eligibility   Percent Completed
1st   (0-12 points)   50 percent (6 credit hours)
2nd   (13-24 points)   75 percent (9 credit hours)
3rd   (25-36 points)   100 percent (12 credit hours)
4th   (37-48 points)   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 only be granted for exceptional and unusual circumstances beyond 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:

Semester
 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

Bachelor's Degree
Accrued at least this many credit hours
At least this grade point average
A passing/failing grade for at least these credit hours


0
0
0


3
1.10
6


9
1.20
6


18
1.30
9


30
2.00
9


45
2.00
12


60
2.00
12


75
2.00
12


90
2.00
12


105
2.00
12

Noncredit remedial instruction can be counted toward a full-time academic load as set forth in 145-2.1 of the Commissioner's Regulations. The number of credit hours in this chart refers to work completed toward the degree.

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Determining Continuing Eligibility for Federal Title IV Student Aid

Minimum Academic
Progress Requirements

Minimum Cumulative
Grade Point Average

Cumulative Credit Hours
Earned/Attempted

First-time freshman in program (23.5 or less total credit hours)*
Less than two full years (24 to 47.5 total credit hours)*
Two full years or more (48 or more total credit hours)*

1.00
1.75
2.00

50 percent
50 percent
65 percent

*The number of total credit hours is the sum of all attempted credits at SUNY Cortland (see definition below) and all credits accepted for transfer by the Admissions Office. This figure is used exclusively for placement in the appropriate progress threshold of the chart.

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 are the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplement Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work-Study Program, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant, National SMART Grant, TEACH Grant/Loan, Federal Perkins Loan and the Federal Family Education Loan Program (including Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students). 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 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-one-half the number of credit hours required to earn the degree(s). The maximum time-frame standard for transfer-student evaluation will consider only those credit hours attempted at SUNY Cortland, as well as those accepted for transfer credit by the Admissions Office.

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 mini-semester. 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 the student's 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 a student's academic record is changed subsequent to the evaluation date, a student 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 an Incomplete or Late Grade.

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 or events beyond the student's direct control that contributed to or caused the academic difficulty. Appeal letters should be addressed to the director of financial advisement 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 student 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: A student who loses 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. 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 and demonstrated academic, professional and/or personal success during the period of absence. Such re-evaluation shall be based upon demonstrated correction of the previous academic difficulty, demonstrated success during the period of absence 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.

Scholarships

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Financial Advisement Office
Miller Building, Room 205
(607) 753-4717
www2.cortland.edu/offices/finadv/scholarships/scholarships.dot

SUNY Cortland offers a wide range of scholarships that are funded by the Cortland College Foundation, the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association or other groups. These awards are made possible by the generous donations of alumni, philanthropic groups, corporations, faculty, staff, emeriti and other friends of the College and are administered through the Financial Advisement Office.

Scholarships are awarded based upon academic merit or financial need, or a combination of both. Each program has its own criteria. Some are available only to new freshmen, others to continuing or transfer students.

Unless stated otherwise, scholarship recipients must comply with the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) guidelines in the tables above in order to maintain their scholarships. SAP is reviewed after each semester. Loss of federal aid eligibility also will result in loss of scholarship. Students who lose eligibility should follow the same appeal procedures as outlined for Federal Student Aid in the table above.

It is important to understand that scholarships are both an academic honor and a funding vehicle. The financial aspects of scholarships are governed by rules and regulations and are administered by the Financial Advisement Office.

Students may not receive total annual financial aid — federal, state, private, institutional grants, scholarships, loans, etc. — in excess of SUNY Cortland's budgeted cost of attendance. Sometimes it may be necessary to reduce loan eligibility, and in rare cases SUNY Cortland scholarship award amounts, in order to stay in compliance with this federal regulation. If a scholarship is received from any source other than SUNY Cortland, the Financial Advisement Office should be contacted to see how it may affect the overall financial aid package.

The following list is complete as of publication of this catalog, but new awards are added frequently. The most up-to-date information on available scholarships, as well as applications, may be found on the SUNY Cortland Web site at www.cortland.edu/finadv/scholarshipchart.html.

Louise Margaret Abernethy Scholarship in Education
Award: One-time, award of up to $1,000
Donor: Established by the estate of former Professor of Education Louise Margaret Abernethy, who really loved her students and loved teaching at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Presented to a junior or senior who is seeking a degree in education with a grade point average of at least 2.7, who is a resident of Cortland County and has demonstrated superior performance in student teaching placements.

Adult Learner Trust Awards
Award: One-time, need-based award of up to $2,000.
Donor: Established from the proceeds of an anonymous estate gift.
Eligibility Criteria: Need is determined by financial advisement after student completes FAFSA and entire packaging process. Preference given to neediest independent sophomore, junior and senior adult students who are seeking education in order to reenter the work force. Also taken into consideration is a student's commitment to attending SUNY Cortland the following semester by ensuring a student has completed the class registration process. Full-time study is required as well as a 2.0 grade point average.

African American Gospel Music Award
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $500.
Donor: Established through the generosity of many alumni, faculty, donors and friends who want to support gospel music. A multitude of donors have given to establish and help maintain this award.
Eligibility Criteria:
Awarded to incoming freshman students demonstrating strength in piano/keyboard, percussion, bass guitar/lead guitar, vocal and student directorship. Interested students need to submit an audition tape to the Admissions Office.

Alpha Delta Junior Award
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established by the Sisters of the Alpha Delta Sorority.
Eligibility Criteria:
Presented to outstanding students who are in the top 10 percent of the junior class. Other considerations include leadership, professional promise and contributions to the community.

Alpha Kappa Phi/Agonian/Sigma Sigma Sigma/Sigma Rho Sigma Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $4,000.
Donor: Established by the Sisters of the Alpha Kappa Phi Sorority.
Eligibility Criteria:
Created by former Alpha Kappa Phi Sorority sisters, this scholarship is available to seniors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who are involved in campus life and demonstrate financial need.

Alpha Sigma Alpha Scholarship
Award: One-time, need-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established by the Sisters of the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.
Eligibility Criteria:
Presented to students with a grade point average of at least 2.5 and demonstrated financial need. Must be a sophomore or junior when applying. Participation in campus activities is taken into consideration.

Arethusa Scholarship
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:

  • Matriculated or non-matriculated graduate student or matriculated or non-matriculated undergraduate student with plans to enroll in a graduate program within one-and-a-half years
  • An assistant coach with responsibilities consistent with Level 5 or above

Recipient may not participate as an athlete in intercollegiate athletics.

Marian Natoli Atkinson '54 Alumni Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $500.
Donor: Established by Marian Natoli Atkinson '54 to benefit an entering freshman or transfer student with strong academic credentials and demonstrated involvement in community activities and service.
Eligibility Criteria: Admitted freshman student who has the highest academic credentials of all applicants who receives a letter of recommendation for admission by a SUNY Cortland graduate. Recipients of other SUNY Cortland scholarships are not eligible.

Ronald E. '53 and Lorna Graham Becraft '65 Scholarship
Award: Need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Ronald E. Becraft '53 to support students with demonstrated financial need.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a qualified student with demonstrated financial need.

The Richard M. Ball '56 and Grace Sparkes Ball '57 Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable. Available starting in 2012.
Donor: Established by Richard M. Ball '56 and Grace Sparkes Ball '57.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement.

Jim and Jane Benham Chemistry Scholarship
Award: Renewable merit/need-based award of $1,000 unless otherwise specified in award letter.
Donor: Created by James Benham '67 and Jane Sheehy Benham '68 to benefit promising students majoring in chemistry who require financial aid.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an admitted freshman pursuing a chemistry major. Continued funding is based on student maintaining a 3.0 grade point average beginning with the end of the first year and monitored annually. Candidates must fill out a FAFSA, available from the Financial Advisement Office. Check on availability.

Harriet Bentley Memorial Award
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $600.
Donor: Established in 1984 by the sisters of the Nu Sigma Chi Sorority Class of 1959 in honor of their longtime house mother, Harriet Bentley, who died in 1981 at the age of 96. Mother Bentley, as she was affectionately known, was the housemother of Nu Sigma Chi from 1945 until her retirement in 1968. To celebrate its 25th Reunion, the Nu Sigma Chi Class of 1959 established the scholarship as a gift to the College.
Eligibility Criteria: Must be a junior student who is either a member of Nu Sigma Chi sorority, a relative of a former member of the sorority, or related to an alumnus/alumna of SUNY Cortland.

Ruth Hart Blanchard '23 Scholarship
Award: One merit/need-based award of up to $1,000 to a freshman for four years.
Donor: The creator of this scholarship, Ruth Hart Blanchard, was a graduate of the Class of 1923 and president of her class. The Class of 1923 was the first class to attend Commencement exercises in Old Main, which was completed in the spring of that year.
Eligibility Criteria: Admitted freshman majoring in early childhood education who has demonstrated high academic achievement and financial need.

BorgWarner Morse TEC Scholarship for Community Service Volunteers
Award: Merit -based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by BorgWarner Morse TEC to benefit deserving student volunteers who have helped advance a community service organization's philanthropic mission.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students who have volunteered at local community service organizations with preference for family members of BorgWarner Morse TEC employees. Students must have good social standing and a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Ralph Adams Brown and Marian R. Brown Scholarship
Award: Renewable merit-based award of $1,000 unless otherwise specified in award letter.
Donor: Established by bequest of Marian R. Brown in memory of SUNY Cortland's first Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of American History Ralph A. Brown. An award-winning historian of national repute and a mentor to thousands of students, Brown (1908-1986) dramatically influenced contemporary scholarship in the fields of history and social studies during his 28 years on the Cortland faculty.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an admitted freshman or transfer student who has presented outstanding academic credentials.

Van Akin Burd Prize
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $750.
Donor: Established by an anonymous donor to honor the outstanding attributes of SUNY Cortland Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Van Akin Burd. The creation of this endowment offers an opportunity for former students and colleagues to recognize his contributions to the creation of the English major and the liberal arts program at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior English major.

Van Akin Burd Scholarship in English
Award: Merit/need-based award of $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor:
Established through a gift by SUNY Cortland Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Van Akin Burd.
Eligibility Criteria:
Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students majoring in English who are juniors or seniors, or graduate students in English.

Frank A. Burdick Scholarship in History/Social Studies
Award: Renewable, merit/need-based award of $1,000 unless otherwise specified in award letter.
Donor: Established by Margaret Palmer Young '85 and Charles H. Young '86 to benefit promising local Cortland County students at SUNY Cortland who are majoring in social studies or history and require financial aid. The fund is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the teaching career of SUNY Cortland Professor Emeritus of History Frank A. Burdick.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an admitted freshman majoring in history or social studies who is resident of Cortland County. Continued funding is based on the student maintaining a 2.7 grade point average beginning with the end of the first year and monitored annually. Candidates must fill out a FAFSA, available from the Financial Advisement Office. Check on availability.

Marjorie Dey Carter '50 Scholarship in Urban Education
Award: Merit-based award of up to $500.
Donor: Established by Marjorie Dey Carter '50 to benefit students majoring in teacher education who are enrolled in Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program. The fund is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the career of Marjorie Dey Carter, who graduated from Cortland in 1950. Carter, who in 1977 received the SUNY Cortland Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus recognition, was the first African-American to teach in the city of Syracuse school system. She served the Syracuse school system for 40 years.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a participant in Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program who meets the academic and extracurricular requirements.

James M. Casey '50 Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $800.
Donor: Established by Patrick R. Brereton to benefit an undergraduate student who best demonstrates leadership, commitment to the residence hall programs, concern for the welfare of others and financial need. The scholarship is created in memory of James Casey (1927-1981), who was the first director of student housing at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to a sophomore, junior or senior with a 3.0 grade point average or better who has been a residence hall staff member or hall council president for at least one semester and demonstrated financial need.

Thomas and Marion Cashady '28 Scholarship
Award: Merit-based award of up to $700, renewable.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to the most academically qualified freshman applicant from Seneca County.

Francis J. Cheney Scholarship
Award: Annual merit/need-based award of up to $1,000 is available to a freshman for up to four years.
Donor: Established by Louise M. Conley to benefit undergraduate students who study at SUNY Cortland to become teachers. A related goal is to recognize in perpetuity the educational administration accomplishments and values of academic excellence promoted by Francis J. Cheney, distinguished second principal of the Cortland Normal School.
Eligibility Criteria: Admitted freshman majoring in an area of education who demonstrates the highest academic achievement and most financial need.

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:

  1. Chinese graduate students attending SUNY Cortland from other Mainland China universities
  2. Graduate students attending SUNY Cortland from universities in other Asian countries
  3. American undergraduates (juniors and seniors) or graduate students enrolled at SUNY Cortland who choose to study in the following order of priority at:
    1. Capital Normal University in Beijing
    2. Other Mainland China universities
    3. Other Asian universities.

Class of 1953 Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established through the generosity of the Class of 1953, through their representative Gerald P. Theisen '53, to provide scholarship assistance to deserving student candidates.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to a senior with a 3.0 grade point average or better and demonstrated leadership on or off campus.

Class of 1967 Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through the generosity of members of the Class of 1967.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified students with demonstrated financial need.

Class of 1985 Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $750.
Donor: Established through the generosity of the members of the Class of 1985.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to a senior with a 2.7 grade point average or better and demonstrated financial need. Contributions made to the campus community are taken into consideration as well.

Community Scholarship for Student Volunteers and Interns
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established by SUNY Cortland Professor Emerita of Physical Education LaRetha Leyman.
Eligibility Criteria: *Open to all majors. Must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at SUNY Cortland. Minimum 2.5 grade point average required when applying.
*Preference given to students who are working or volunteering at the Cortland YWCA, physical education majors and females.

Cortland County Home Bureau Award
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $500.
Donor: Established in 1981 by a grant from the then-active Cortland County Chapter of the Home Bureau Federation to support students who are studying speech pathology and audiology.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to a sophomore or junior majoring in speech pathology and audiology with a 2.5 grade point average or better and demonstrated financial need.

Cortland Line Fly Fishing Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of $1,250. Two available.
Donor: Established by Brian Ward, president of Cortland Line Company, to help support students at SUNY Cortland and to promote the sport of fly fishing.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified students who have demonstrated financial need, high academic achievement and are majoring in, or intend to be majoring in, physical education.

Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Scholarships
Award: Varies. Merit/need-based award helps to defray college costs above and beyond state and federal aid the student receives. Recipients are required to file a FAFSA. PELL and TAP awards are figured into the equation of the award amount which may fund recipients' costs for in-state tuition, books, room and board. May be renewable.
Donor: Funded by many donors who give to the unrestricted Cortland Fund.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to incoming students majoring in areas of education who demonstrate high academic achievement. First Priority is given to individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented or underserved in the teaching profession and who demonstrate a commitment to teach in high-need urban schools. For the purposes of C.U.R.E., these groups include, but are not limited to, African American, Hispanic, Native American or Alaskan Native individuals or individuals from an economically disadvantaged background. Second Priority is given to any other individuals from groups not historically underrepresented in the teaching profession who demonstrate a commitment to teach in high-need urban schools.
Availability: Contingent upon annual availability of funds. Number given varies.

Kenneth and Beatrice Cramer Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,500.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to the top female freshman applicant from Gloversville High School (N.Y.).

Margaret A. Curry '52 Scholarship
Award: Need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: This scholarship was established by Margaret A. Curry '52.
Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship shall be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students who are majoring in physical education or sport management.

Nellie Davidson 1908 Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $2,500.
Donor: This scholarship was established in memory of Nellie Davidson, a 1908 graduate of the Cortland Normal School. Davidson was a native of nearby McLean. During a lifelong career in nursing, she traveled to many different parts of the United States, but because of her affection for Central New York, she returned each year for extended visits. Upon her death in 1963, she bequeathed a sizeable gift to the College to benefit needy students who have grown up in the area she so loved.
Eligibility Criteria: Presented to sophomores or juniors who are involved in campus activities and have demonstrated financial need. Preference given to students from Central New York.

DeGroat Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,500.
Donor: Established in memory of President Emeritus Harry Dewitt DeGroat by his friends and family. DeGroat was President of SUNY Cortland from 1912-1943.
Eligibility Criteria:
Awarded to an admitted transfer student presenting a superior academic record over a minimum of four full-time semesters completed at the time of transfer (three semesters at the time of application).

Dorothea Deitz Memorial Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of at least $1,000.
Donor: Established by representatives of the Dorothea Deitz Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc., to provide financial assistance for the first year of college to selected women students from New York State high schools planning to major in physical education/teacher certification at SUNY Cortland. Dorothea Deitz, assistant director of physical education in Schenectady, N.Y., died on Dec. 9, 1958. A person of great vitality, her life was one of devoted service to her students, her colleagues and the profession. A charter member of the Association of Women in Physical Education in New York State (AWPENYS), and one of its first presidents, she gave generously of her time and energy in providing direction for the association. This scholarship has been established as a living memorial to Dorothea Deitz, and it also serves to focus attention on the recruitment of capable young women into the physical education teaching profession.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to entering full-time students with demonstrated financial need who are female graduates of a New York State high school, have a minimum high school grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent, and are enrolled in the SUNY Cortland physical education/teacher certification program. Preference is given to students who show evidence of physical education competence, participation in athletics, leadership and community service.

Gerald N. DiGiusto Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,000.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an entering freshman art major and an outstanding junior studio art major.

The Jean M. Dunlavey '64 Scholarship for Urban Teachers
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: This scholarship was established by Jean M. Dunlavey '64.
Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship shall be awarded to a student demonstrating academic promise and financial need, who intends to pursue a career teaching in urban schools. Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a master's degree and career change from another field, but should no acceptable candidates be eligible, undergraduate students may be awarded the scholarship.

Early Childhood Education Scholarship for Students from Long Island
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable. Available starting in 2011.
Donor: This scholarship was established by Linda Pons '62 to help students from Long Island, who plan to become elementary school teachers, benefit from an education at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students who attended high school on Long Island and who are majoring or plan to major in childhood or early childhood education.

P. F. Eisenhardt '67 Science Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding promising Cortland students who are planning to become science teachers.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to freshmen and transfer students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students who are interested in pursuing an adolescence education: chemistry major. Secondary preferences are for chemistry, math or physics majors. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average to continue receiving the scholarship.

Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish Arts Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students majoring in the visual or performing arts.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students majoring in studio art, art history, new media design, music, musical theatre or theatre.

Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish History Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students majoring in history/secondary education.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students majoring in history or adolescence education: social studies and history.

Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish Mathematics Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students majoring in mathematics or adolescence education: mathematics.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students majoring in mathematics or adolescence education: mathematics.

Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish Urban Teacher Education Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established in honor of Rene Da Silva '07 through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students in majors leading to a career as an educator in elementary schools or for grades 7-12. The scholarship shall be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need who are participating in the Cortland Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, participating in Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program, and in majors leading to a career as an educator in elementary schools or for grades 7-12, with preference for students intending to teach in the New York City school system.

Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish Physics Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through gifts from Peter F. Eisenhardt '67 and Susan Fish for the purpose of aiding students majoring in physics or adolescence education: physics.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students majoring in physics or adolescence education: physics.

Faculty Senate Memorial Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established by the Faculty Senate at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria:
Awarded to a full-time student in good academic standing demonstrating interest or ability in student governance and/or other types of leadership responsibilities on campus.

John Fantauzzi '58 Scholarships
Award: Merit-based awards of $3,400 to continuing students.
Donor: Established by John Fantauzzi '58.
Eligibility Criteria:
Continuing students who are the children of immigrants to the United States (first-generation American students). Awards are based on academic achievement, leadership and contributions to student life.

Joyce A. Gaus '60 Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by the family of Joyce Ann Gaus to benefit promising students majoring in recreation, outdoor education, or closely related fields at SUNY Cortland, who require financial aid. The scholarship is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the lifelong environmental interests and teaching career of devoted SUNY Cortland alumna, Joyce Ann Gaus, Class of 1960.
Eligibility Criteria:
Awarded to an entering freshman majoring in the area of recreation, outdoor education, or a closely related field who demonstrates high academic achievement, leadership ability and financial need.

General Alumni Scholarships
Award: One time need-based award of up to $700.
Donor: Supported by gifts from SUNY Cortland Alumni.
Eligibility Criteria:
Presented to sophomore or junior students with at least a 2.5 grade point average and demonstrated financial need. Participation in campus activities is taken into consideration.

Dominion Scholarship
Award: Merit-based award of up to $5,000.
Donor: Established by Dominion Resources to help undergraduate geology majors pursue research and careers in the environmental geosciences.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to academically outstanding sophomore, junior or senior geology majors who are interested in, or are doing research projects in the environmental geosciences.

Charles A. Gibson Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $1,150 for study abroad.
Donor: Established by Charles A. Gibson.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students participating in the study abroad program who demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need.

Thomas L. Goodale '61 Community Service Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $1,000 to an entering freshman or transfer student. May be renewable.
Donor: Established at SUNY Cortland on the occasion of Professor Thomas L. Goodale's retirement from George Mason University in Virginia. The scholarship was endowed by scores of Goodale's colleagues from across the country. The Thomas L. Goodale '61 Scholarship was created in honor of this great man with the hope of inspiring other Cortland recreation students to follow his model.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an incoming freshman or transfer student majoring in the area of recreation who has demonstrated financial need, a strong record of community or school service activities and high academic achievement.

Vincent J. Gonino Memorial Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established in memory of Vincent J. Gonino.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement.

Eileen "Lee" Marion '67 and Charles and Anne Goodfliesh Scholarship
Award: Need-based award of up to $1,250. May be renewable. Available starting in 2009.
Donor: Established by Marsha Goodfliesh Wilkins '67 in memory of her former roommate Eileen "Lee" Marion '67 and in honor of her father, Charles Goodfliesh and her mother, Anne Goodfliesh.
Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship shall be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator.

Betty Blase Goodstein '48 Scholarship in Education and Physical Education
Award: One-time, merit-based award of at least $1,000.
Donor: Established by David M. Goodstein to benefit deserving students majoring in education or physical education at SUNY Cortland. The scholarship also is intended to recognize in perpetuity the life of Betty Blase Goodstein '48 and her career as an educator of the blind.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who has completed at least 12 credit hours of study at SUNY Cortland. Must be a junior when applying. Preference is given to students majoring in early childhood education or special education/childhood education with a special emphasis on those working with children who have special needs or are visually or hearing impaired.

Charles Tomlinson Griffes Music Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,500.
Donor: Established in 1986 and funded by the family of the Elmira-born composer, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, to recognize the most promising and talented music majors at the College. Griffes, who died in 1920 at the age of 35, is widely regarded as having been one of the major American composers of the early 20th century. Griffes' compositions were some of the first U.S. works to break with the dominant German and French influence of the time.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding sophomore or junior musical theater major or a student pursuing a music minor or concentration.

Homer Gutchess Outstanding Citizen Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of $2,500. Two are available.
Donor: These scholarships were established to recognize the significant contributions to the Cortland community of long time business and community leader, Homer Gutchess.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to graduates of Cortland and Homer high schools who have a minimum 90 average, have demonstrated leadership in the school or community and who exemplify the characteristics of an outstanding citizen in the school and community. They will be awarded at the annual award ceremonies at Cortland and Homer high schools.

Honors Program Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of $500.
Donor: Established by an anonymous donor.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an incoming freshman or transfer student who has demonstrated high academic achievement.

Alice Thorpe Hoppey '56 Scholarship in Education
Award: Merit/need-based award up to $1,000 to a junior or senior. May be renewable (for juniors).
Donor: Established by Robert Hoppey '55 to benefit promising junior and senior students at SUNY Cortland in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator or as a physical education teacher and who require financial aid. The fund is also intended to recognize in perpetuity Alice Thorpe Hoppey '56, wife of Robert Hoppey, who passed away on April 22, 1995.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior or senior student with demonstrated financial need and in a major leading to a career as an elementary school educator. Preference given to students from Port Jervis, Brentwood, Newfield High School from Middle Country School District, and Ward Melville High School from Three Village School District who have demonstrated academic promise, leadership and involvement in campus activities.

Myrl Rose Crocker Howe Scholarship
Award: Annual merit/need-based award of at least $500. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Robert C. Howe to benefit promising female students at SUNY Cortland in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator who require financial aid, and to recognize in perpetuity the values and interests of the donor's mother. She attended the Emma Willard School, graduated in 1931 from Wheelock College, and received her New York State Teaching Certificate from SUNY Cortland in 1961.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to entering female freshmen students pursuing majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator who have demonstrated financial need and high academic promise. Preference will be given to a single parent. Must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Myrl Rose Crocker Howe/McGraw Scholarship
Award: Annual merit/need-based award of at least $500. May be renewable. Scholarship selection will be made by June 10 each year in order to announce the recipient at the McGraw School District Commencement.
Donor: Established by Robert C. Howe to benefit promising female students at SUNY Cortland in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator who have graduated from McGraw High School and require financial aid. This scholarship also will recognize in perpetuity the values and interests of the donor's mother. She attended the Emma Willard School, graduated in 1931 from Wheelock College, and received her New York State Teaching Certificate from SUNY Cortland in 1961. Myrl Rose Crocker Howe began teaching in the McGraw Central School District in 1956, and taught there until her retirement in 1972.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to entering freshmen or transfer students who are female and have demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a McGraw High School graduate or graduate of a high school in a neighboring community who intends to study a major leading to a career as an elementary school educator. Must maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Bernard W. Hungerford '52 Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $2,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Bernard W. Hungerford '52.
Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship shall be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students who are majoring in physical education

Janey Hutchinson Music Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $2,000.
Donor: Established by a bequest from the estate of Eileen "Janey" Barker Hutchinson '31 and her husband, Manley S. Hutchinson, to benefit a deserving and musically gifted student who wishes to teach in a public elementary school.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a senior in a major leading to a career as an elementary school educator in good standing who has a music minor. Scholarship applied to recipient's financial aid package during senior year.

Manley S. Hutchinson Scholarship Fund
Award: Merit-based award of up to $1,000 to a freshman. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by a bequest from the estate of Eileen "Janey" Barker Hutchinson '31 and her husband, Manley S. Hutchinson, to benefit a deserving and academically gifted student who is enrolled in SUNY Cortland's 3+2 physics/pre-engineering program.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to an incoming freshman majoring in SUNY Cortland's 3+2 physics/pre-engineering program.

Dr. Peter Jeffers Scholarship
Award: Merit-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Professor Peter Jeffers taught chemistry at SUNY Cortland for 40 years. Due to his inspiration, encouragement and leadership, many alumni have forged successful careers in this field. This scholarship fund was created by some of his former students in his honor.
Eligibility Criteria: The Dr. Peter Jeffers Scholarship shall be awarded to an outstanding student majoring in chemistry at SUNY Cortland.

Dr. J. Robert '58 and Maureen Johnson Professional Studies Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of at least $1,000.
Donor: Established by J. Robert Johnson '58 and Maureen Johnson in an effort to recognize and reward professional studies majors who have been exceptional students and community members.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified professional studies majors in good social standing, members of the junior class who have been enrolled at Cortland since freshman year, with high academic achievement — at least a 3.0 grade point average — and who have been exceptional students and community members.

Judith Smith Kelemen Memorial Scholarship in Speech Pathology and Audiology
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $500 to freshmen for up to four years. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by William T. Smith and Dorothy N. Smith in memory of their daughter, Judith Smith Kelemen, to benefit a student majoring in speech pathology and audiology.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an entering freshman majoring in speech pathology and audiology. Eligible candidates must have a minimum high school average of B+ (87) and demonstrated financial need.

John B. Knox Memorial Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000 to freshmen or transfer students. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by the Knox Family Foundation to benefit a promising student from Hamilton County who requires financial aid and to recognize in perpetuity the values and interests of longtime supporter of SUNY Cortland's Center for Environmental and Outdoor Education at Raquette Lake, John B. Knox. Recipients should be made aware of, and hopefully be in agreement with, John B. Knox's philosophy of wise conservation use of the natural resources in the Adirondack Mountains.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an entering freshman or transfer student with demonstrated financial need who is a resident of Hamilton County (N.Y.) with an interest in pursuing a major involving outdoor education or environmental studies and who demonstrates high academic achievement and leadership qualities outside the classroom. Secondary consideration will be given to residents of the Adirondack Park.

James Kradyna Memorial Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through a gift from Adam Kradyna to memorialize his son, James, who was a valued geology staff member of the Brauer Education Center.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students majoring in geology and earth science education.

Walter and Anne Kreig Memorial Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,500. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Dorothea Kreig Fowler '52, M.S.Ed. '74 to benefit promising education majors who require financial aid and to recognize in perpetuity the values and interests of Walter and Anne Kreig, who displayed an intellectual curiosity and love of learning throughout their lifetimes.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an entering transfer student with demonstrated financial need, who is majoring in education, plans to become a teacher, and who has been involved in community service in either high school or junior college. Secondary preference will be given to education majors who plan to earn a concentration in psychology and to those students who show leadership potential and the potential to contribute positively to the campus community.

The Kronman Family Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable. Available starting in 2009.
Donor: The Kronman Family Scholarship was established by George Kronman '76, Mindy Spector Kronman '78, David Kronman '80, Sandra Katzenstein Kronman, Albert Kronman, and Eda Joyce Kronman '70 to support the Geology Department.
Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship will be awarded annually to a student or students with demonstrated financial need and an enthusiastic passion for geology.

George and Grace Lee Memorial Scholarship
Award: Need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through a gift from Frederick Lawrence '54, and Anne Sullivan Lawrence '51, in appreciation of the generosity of George and Grace Lee, who made it possible for Anne to attend SUNY Cortland. Frederick and Anne Sullivan Lawrence are extending that same generosity to deserving young students so they may have the opportunity to attend SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated financial need.

Catherine Suarez Leeolou '81 Scholarship for Speech Pathology and Audiology Students
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: This Scholarship was established by Michael Leeolou '81 in honor of his wife, Catherine Suarez Leeolou '81, on the occasion of their 20th wedding anniversary.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students who are majoring in, or intend to be majoring in, speech pathology and audiology and have demonstrated financial need.

Ernest Logan '73 Scholarship for New York City Public High School Students
Award: Need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable. Available starting in 2011.
Donor: Established by Beatrice and Ernest Logan '73 to help deserving inner city students benefit from an education at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship shall be awarded to qualified students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students who attended public high school in the New York City area.

M&T Bank C.U.R.E. Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $5,000.
Donor: Establish by M&T Bank to help support students at SUNY Cortland who are enrolled in Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified students who are enrolled in the C.U.R.E. Program.

Dr. John A. MacPhee Memorial Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,000 to support off-campus fieldwork or attendance at a national professional conference devoted to the leisure services profession.
Donor: Established by John A. MacPhee's widow, Mabel E. MacPhee, to honor her husband's 27 years on the Cortland faculty and his contributions to the recreation and parks movement in New York State and nationally.
Eligibility Criteria: Sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department with high academic achievement and professional promise may qualify.

Murray Family Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: The Murray Family Scholarship was established by Sean Murray '80, Clare Murray '88, and Brendan Murray '85 to support students with demonstrated financial need who have positively affected their community and who show promise to positively affect the SUNY Cortland community.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a freshman student. Preference is given to a student who has positively affected his or her community and has demonstrated financial need.

Helen Y. Nelson Memorial Scholarship in Music
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by the estate of Helen Y. Nelson to assist promising students in their pursuit of a study of music in the Performing Arts Department.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need who is studying music in the Performing Arts Department.

New York State Home Bureau Award
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $500.
Eligibility Criteria: Presented to a student majoring in therapeutic recreation.

Non-traditional Student Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $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.

Kristen O'Neil Memorial Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of at least $500.
Donor: Established by friends of Kristen O'Neil in her memory.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement who is majoring in recreation and leisure studies.

Overseas Academic Program Award
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,000.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to students accepted to a study abroad program, who are citizens of the United States or permanent residents having a 2.7 grade point average or better. Academic achievement and extracurricular activities are also taken into consideration.

Angela Pace Scholarship in Education
Award: Merit/need-based award at least $1,000 to juniors and seniors. May be renewable (for juniors).
Donor: Established by SUNY Cortland Professor Emerita of Education Angela Pace to benefit promising junior and senior students at SUNY Cortland who are in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator and who require financial aid. This scholarship is intended to recognize in perpetuity the educational career of SUNY Cortland alumna and retired faculty member Angela Pace '36.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a promising junior or senior with demonstrated financial need who is in a major leading to a career as an elementary school educator and who is a resident of Cortland County. Secondary preference for a resident of New York State.

Fred E. and Mildred Becker Page 1900 Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $2,500.
Donor: Established by Fred E. Page in 1977, a prominent Binghamton attorney and banking executive, in memory of his wife, a 1900 graduate of the Cortland Normal School. Mildred Becker Page died in 1975.
Eligibility Criteria: Presented to juniors or seniors who have made "positive contributions to the college" and have demonstrated financial need.

Maxwell and Myrtle Park Education Award
Award: One-time, merit-based award of at least $500.
Donor: Established through the generosity of Maxwell and Myrtle Park. Maxwell Park was formerly chairman of the Education Department at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Presented to a junior education major, with a minimum 2.7 grade point average, who spent his or her freshman and sophomore years at SUNY Cortland.

Past Presidents Scholarship
Award: Amount of this merit/need-based award is determined annually.
Donor: These awards were established in honor of the past presidents of SUNY Cortland: James H. Hoose (1869-1891), Francis J. Cheney (1891-1912), Harry DeWitt DeGroat (1912-1943), Donnal V. Smith (1943-1959), Donovan C. Moffett (1959-1963), Kenneth E. Young (1964-1968), Richard C. Jones (1968-1978), James M. Clark (1979-1995), and Judson H. Taylor (1996-2003).
Eligibility Criteria: Presented to full-time, second-semester sophomores or full-time juniors who have attended SUNY Cortland for at least two full semesters, have a 3.2 grade point average or better and have contributed to the College community. Candidates are considered on leadership ability and character. Award amounts are based on financial need.

John E. and Carole Wilsey Phillips '48 Scholarship in Elementary Education
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $500 to an entering freshman. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Carole Wilsey Phillips '48 to benefit promising students at SUNY Cortland in majors leading to a career as an elementary school educator and who require financial aid. The scholarship is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the teaching career of devoted SUNY Cortland alumna Carole Wilsey Phillips.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an entering freshman in a major leading to a career as an elementary school educator who demonstrates high academic achievement, leadership ability and has demonstrated financial need. Must maintain minimum grade point average of 3.0.

Gail Reed '67 Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000 for study abroad. Available starting in 2010.
Donor: This scholarship was established by Gail Reed '67 to recognize the profound impact on her life that her own study abroad experience had, and to acknowledge and thank the founder of the program, SUNY Cortland Director Emeritus of International Programs and Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages Willi Uschald.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement who is participating in SUNY Cortland's Study Abroad Program.

H. Kendall Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Physics
Award: One-time, award of up to $800.
Donor: Established in memory of H. Kendall Reynolds.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a junior physics major with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who has demonstrated leadership within the Physics Department or College. The scholarship is applied to the recipient's financial aid package during senior year.

Arnold '47 and Roberta Rist '46/'47 Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award at least $2,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through a gift from Arnold T. Rist '47.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with first preference for students from the Newcomb (N.Y.) School District and second preference for students from the Adirondack Park Region or Rockland County, N.Y., who will make a contribution to the diversity of the student body at SUNY Cortland, primarily by demonstrating that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education, including economic disadvantage.

Kevin A. Rowell '83 Study Abroad Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of $1,500.
Donor: Established by Kevin A. Rowell '83 to benefit students who study abroad and to recognize in perpetuity the values and accomplishments of SUNY Cortland alumnus, Kevin A. Rowell '83.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to students accepted to a study abroad program to help defray costs associated with study abroad. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate extracurricular involvement and dedication.

Lenora J. Rumore Scholarship
Award: Merit-based award of at least $2,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Victor M. Rumore '84, in memory of his mother, Lenora J. Rumore, for the purpose of benefiting students majoring in teacher education who are enrolled in Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified students who are enrolled in Cortland's Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Program who meet the academic and extracurricular requirements, with preference for students from the New York City metro area.

Louise Sawner O'Rourke '36 Scholarship for Teacher Education
Award: Merit/need-based award at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established through gifts by Louise Sawner O'Rourke and her family to support students interested in early childhood education.
Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship shall be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students majoring in early childhood education.

Jo Schaffer Scholarship in Art History
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $500.
Donor: Established by SUNY Cortland Curator Emerita Jo Schaffer to benefit promising art history majors and to recognize in perpetuity her values and accomplishments as Art and Art History Department curator and past president, SUNY Cortland Chapter, and statewide leader of United University Professionals.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding undergraduate student in the senior year who has earned distinction in art history courses, or who displays great promise as an art history major. An overall grade point average of 3.0 and a 3.2 grade point average in art history course work are required.

John L. Sciera '52 Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,500.
Donor: The death of longtime and highly respected athletic trainer, John L. Sciera in 1986 spurred an outpouring of support from students, colleagues, family and friends to establish a scholarship at SUNY Cortland for students pursuing careers as athletic trainers. A 1952 graduate of Cortland State Teachers College, Sciera served as head athletic trainer at Cortland for 20 years until his retirement in 1985. He pioneered the first athletic training undergraduate curriculum approved by the National Athletic Trainers Association in New York State and he founded the New York Athletic Trainers Association. He was posthumously inducted into the C-Club Hall of Fame in 1987.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to a student enrolled in athletic training who has a minimum 3.0 grade point average and is pursuing a career in the field.

Sigma Delta Phi Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of at least $500.
Donor: Established by the former sisters of the Sigma Delta Phi Sorority.
Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship, created by the former sisters of the Sigma Delta Phi Sorority, requires that candidates must have completed at least two full semesters at SUNY Cortland at the time of application, have at least one full year of study remaining before graduation and have a 2.5 grade point average or better. Applicants must also demonstrate active participation in campus life, social involvement with other students, fulfillment of personal goals, improvement of campus life and educational opportunities.

Frederick N. Sinclair Memorial Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,500.
Donor: In 1977, John Sinclair '42 established a scholarship in memory of his late brother, Frederick N. Sinclair, to benefit graduates of the Sherburne-Earlville School District who attend SUNY Cortland. Frederick Sinclair, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Artillery Corps during World War II, was killed in combat in 1943 along the Raido River in Italy. Lt. Sinclair was a graduate of Earlville Central School and attended Morrisville Agricultural College.
Eligibility Criteria: Admitted freshman or transfer student who is a graduate of Sherburne-Earlville High School (N.Y.).

Student Government Association Leadership Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award 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.

Christian Snavely and Theresa Vant Snavely '47 Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $2,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Scholarship was established by Christian Snavely and Theresa Vant Snavely '47.
Eligibility Criteria: The intention of this scholarship is to recognize a student with demonstrated financial need and high academic achievement.

Spina-Friedgen '71 Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of at least $1,000.
Donor: Established by Ralph Friedgen and Gloria Spina-Friedgen '71.
Eligibility Criteria: The scholarship will be awarded to a senior who is majoring in education or physical education, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.

Ben A. Sueltz Scholarship in Adolescence Mathematics Education
Award: Merit-based award of at least $1,000 to freshmen. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Ben A. Sueltz to benefit incoming freshmen students at SUNY Cortland who are majoring in adolescence education: mathematics. This also is intended to recognize in perpetuity the outstanding career of Sueltz, who served the College for 38 years in a number of capacities. Sueltz, in establishing this scholarship, confirms that his most significant work was done as professor of mathematics and mathematics education.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to entering freshmen intending to major in the adolescence education: mathematics (7-12) program. A high school average of at least 90 is required with an SAT mathematics score of at least 600 (or equivalent ACT mathematics score) and 3.5 units of high school mathematics.

SUNY Cortland Merit Scholarships
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $2,500. May be renewable.
Donor: These awards are funded by many donors through unrestricted gifts to The Cortland Fund.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to incoming freshmen and transfer students with high academic credentials and recognized leadership in student activities. Transfer students must have four completed semesters at time of transfer (three semesters at time of application). Strong leadership skills and involvement in student activities will be favored. Work-related or volunteer positions are also considered valuable.

SUNY Diversity Scholarships
Award: Merit-based award of up to $1,000. May be renewable.
Donors: These awards are funded by many donors through unrestricted gifts to The Cortland Fund.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to top freshmen candidates who have high academic achievement coming from diverse backgrounds. Included are individuals from ethnic groups that have been historically under-represented in undergraduate education, as well as others who would contribute to the diversity of the student body by demonstrating that they have overcome demonstrable disadvantages or impediments to their success in higher education.

Judson H. Taylor Community Service Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based awards of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established by the Student Government Association (SGA) in honor of President Emeritus Judson H. Taylor, on the occasion of his retirement from SUNY Cortland, to reinforce the value of making a difference through volunteering and to create a lasting legacy that honors his contributions to SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to community betterment by volunteering or interning at local schools or non-profit organizations. Award criteria include commitment to community service, demonstrated financial need and a minimum 2.75 grade point average.

Theta Phi, Alpha Chapter Marjorie Dey Carter '50 Scholarship
Award: Merit-based award of $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by the sisters of the Theta Phi Sorority, Alpha Chapter, to benefit promising junior and senior students at SUNY Cortland who are majoring in education or recreation with a minor in outdoor recreation management and education. The fund also is intended to recognize the educational career of SUNY Cortland alumna and Theta Phi Sorority member Marjorie Dey Carter '50.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a female junior or senior majoring in education or recreation with a minor in outdoor recreation management and education. Candidates must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated outstanding leadership while at SUNY Cortland. Scholarship funding will expire in 2009.

Marion C. Thompson Memorial Scholarship
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. Thompson, an authority on folklore in American literature, died in 1982 and, through her will, stipulated that the 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 and who have demonstrated academic success and financial need.

Donald '59 and Donna '59 Bell Traver Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Donald Traver '59 and Donna Bell Traver '59 to benefit undergraduates majoring in physical education who have demonstrated financial need and have shown a commitment to work hard to achieve success.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to a SUNY Cortland undergraduate majoring in physical education.

Uschald Study Abroad Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit/need-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established to benefit students who are enrolled in Cortland's study abroad program. Named in honor of SUNY Cortland Director Emeritus of International Programs and Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages Willi A. Uschald.
Eligibility Criteria: Available to students accepted to study abroad programs, who have a 2.7 grade point average or better and demonstrated financial need. Academic achievement and extracurricular activities are also taken into consideration.

Vice President for Student Affairs Merit Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $500.
Donor: Established and supported by friends of student affairs.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average and high standards regarding student integrity and ethics. Contributions made to the quality of student life and leadership in student life are taken into consideration.

Kenneth P. and Jo Ann G. '74 Wickman Scholarship
Award: Merit-based award of $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: This scholarship was created by Jo Ann G. Wickman '74, and her husband, Kenneth, in an effort to help support the studies of continuing non-traditional students at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to qualified non-traditional students with high academic achievement. Non-traditional students are defined as adult learners who have taken time off between high school and college.

Spiegle Willcox Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $500. May be renewable.
Donor: Established by Spiegle Willcox to benefit promising undergraduate instrumental music students at SUNY Cortland, who require financial aid. The fund is also intended to recognize in perpetuity the musical career of devoted SUNY Cortland friend and honorary doctoral degree recipient, Spiegle Willcox.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student with demonstrated financial need who is participating in instrumental ensembles and demonstrates enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in musical performance, in the tradition of the donor.

Suzanne Wingate Memorial Scholarship
Award: One-time, merit-based tuition award of up to $1,000, applied toward the Sport Management Internship (SPM 470).
Donor: Established by the Sport Management Club in memory of Suzanne Wingate. Funded by the annual Suzanne Wingate Memorial Golf Tournament that is organized by the Sport Management Club.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a student who has a 2.5 grade point average or better, having completed 56.5 credit hours at time of application — 12 of those credit hours to have been completed at SUNY Cortland — and who has demonstrated commitment of time and effort to the Sport Management Program, and is planning to enroll in a sport management internship within the next year.

Women's Scholarship in Physical Education
Award: Merit/need-based award of up to $500 to a freshman for four years.
Donor: Established by gifts from emeritus professors in physical education at SUNY Cortland to benefit promising female students majoring in physical education who require financial aid.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an entering female freshman student majoring in physical education. A combination of academic achievements, leadership experience, involvement in extracurricular activities as well as demonstrated financial need serve as criteria for selection.

Neil Wortmann '57 Scholarship
Award: Merit/need-based award of at least $1,000. May be renewable. Available starting in 2010.
Donor: This scholarship was established by Neil Wortmann '57 in honor of the opportunities given to him by SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, with preference for students who are from Long Island and who are majoring in physical education or science (biology, chemistry, earth science or physics).

Rosemary Wortmann '56 Scholarship for Elementary Education
Award: Merit/need-based awards of at least $1,000. May be renewable.
Donor: This scholarship was established in memory of Rosemary Pierro Wortmann '56, a dedicated teacher throughout her life, to support future teachers from Long Island.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an entering freshman student. Preference is given to a student from Long Island in a major leading to a career as an elementary school educator with demonstrated financial need.

Marilou B. Wright '68 Scholarship for Non-Traditional Women
Award: One-time, merit-based award of up to $1,000.
Donor: Established by colleagues, friends and family in memory of Dr. Marilou B. Wright '68, who was a non-traditional student who received bachelor's and master's degrees at SUNY Cortland. For 15 years, Wright served her alma mater as executive assistant to the president and affirmative action officer, as well as by teaching courses in the English Department.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to a female undergraduate, 25 years of age or older, who has completed 24 credit hours at SUNY Cortland, has a 3.0 grade point average or better and is enrolled for full-time study.

Arden P. Zipp Scholarship
Award: One time, merit-based award of $1,000.
Donor: This scholarship was established by Distinguished Teaching Professor Arden P. Zipp with the intention of helping to attract qualified students to the chemistry program at SUNY Cortland.
Eligibility Criteria: Awarded to an outstanding incoming student majoring in chemistry or adolescence education: chemistry at SUNY Cortland.