Finanical Aid Office Stands Ready to Assist

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Application deadlines are approaching for those students interested in pursuing SUNY Orange’s wide array of scholarship opportunities for the 2008-09 academic year.

Returning students must submit applications for available scholarships to the College’s Financial Aid office no later than April 1 while incoming students—those who will be beginning their freshman year during the Fall semester—must complete their applications by May 1. In addition, May 1 is the application deadline for the President’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence.

Students who apply for any SUNY Orange scholarship must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application before they can be fully considered for a scholarship. Both applications can be completed online.

Each year, SUNY Orange awards more than $150,000 in scholarships to incoming, returning and graduating students. Scholarships targeted to specific academic degrees are available while general scholarships are awarded based upon a variety of criteria, which could include demonstrated financial need, academic achievement or faculty recommendations.

The President’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence is among the most prestigious scholarships awarded by the College. No more than 10 President’s Scholarships are awarded annually, and they are reserved for Orange County residents attending an Orange County high school. To be considered, applicants must be registered as a full-time student at SUNY Orange, have been ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class (or have a high school cumulative grade point average of 90 or better) and have shown involvement in extracurricular activities or community service.

For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at (845) 341-4190. A listing of scholarships, along with application criteria, is available under the Financial Aid section of the SUNY Orange web site at

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940