Updated July 22, 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Important Financial Aid Updates and FAQs

Can I file a financial aid appeal if my family is now experiencing a financial hardship due to loss of income as a result of COVID-19? 

If your 2021 income will be drastically lower than the income reported on the 2021-22 FAFSA (applicable for summer 2021/fall 2021/spring 2022 semesters), we recommend reviewing the Special Circumstance Appeals webpage for more information, including how to file an appeal:

The following FAQs are applicable to the semester noted:

How will my aid eligibility be affected when I am reviewed for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) at the end of spring 2020, summer 2020, fall 2020, spring 2021, summer 2021, fall 2021, spring 2022?

Some financial aid rules have changed because of challenges faced by students in the Spring 2020 academic disruption as well as disruptions occurring during the 20-21 and 21-22 aid year.  Please review the following webpage for more specifics: 

Will my aid for spring 2020 be affected if I choose to leave my housing (both on and off campus)?

No, changing your housing plans at this point will not affect your aid.  

When can I expect my housing credit refund for spring 2020? 

Beginning April 3, you will see adjustments on your student account.  For most of you, depending on your account balance, the University will issue a refund based on these adjustments. In anticipation of a refund, we encourage you to sign up for direct deposit, ensuring that you will receive all refunds as quickly as possible. You will find instructions on how to sign up for direct deposit on the Student Accounts webpage:

What can my housing credit refund be used for?

Your refund can and should be used to cover education-related expenses such as off-campus living expenses and/or books and supplies.

Are there any implications to my federal aid if I go home?  

Students who plan to continue their enrollment (online) for spring 2020 will not be affected regardless of where they live.  This applies to Federal Pell Grants, SEOG, Direct Loans, and Nursing loans.  See next section related to Federal Work Study, if applicable.   

Are there any implications to my Federal Work Study employment for spring 2020 or fall 2020 or spring 2021?

The following federal regulations apply to Federal Work Study (FWS) student employees when there is a campus disruption as a result of COVID-19, and assumes the student is still enrolled during the current semester: 

  • The student must have already begun working and earning wages in that FWS job for the period before the COVID-related campus disruption occurred; and

  • The student was prevented from fulfilling their FWS obligation during the applicable time period due to the COVID-related campus disruption.

    Important:  Students can be paid for no more than the average number of hours they would have worked per week through the end of the semester.  Supervisors must continue to track earnings carefully since earnings cannot exceed the student’s FWS award for the semester and/or year. 

Are there any implications to my University scholarships for spring 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021?  

Your scholarships will not be affected. 

Are there any implications to my New York State Aid for spring 2020?

Based on guidance received by HESC and the University, at this time, NYS Aid Programs for the spring 2020 term should not be substantially affected.  NYS aid recipients disrupted by COVID-19 should notify Financial Aid and Student Records if they choose to drop a course or process a full university withdrawal.

Additional questions?  Contact the Financial Aid Office at or 607-777-2428.

For campus updates, review Binghamton University's main Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) webpage: