Parent Connect Newsletter

June 2024
Brian T. Rose, Vice President for Student Affairs
Brian T. Rose, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear parents and families,

The end of the academic year is always characterized by awards ceremonies and Commencement where we recognize and acknowledge our outstanding students and graduates. I have the privilege of attending all of these ceremonies, and every year my amazement at the accomplishments of our students exceeds the prior year. The work done within the Division of Student Affairs is ultimately about providing encouragement and support to students to take full advantage of the opportunities available to them on campus. It is always gratifying to see the validation of that work in the success of our graduates.

We work to enhance our programs and services every year to maintain that level of success. We have many such enhancements to look forward to as we begin the next academic year with Orientation programs this summer. 

  • Both students and parents are understandably focused upon career outcomes following their Binghamton education. We are in the process of adding six additional professional staff to our award-winning Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development. Four of the new staff will focus on cultivating job and internship pathways in specific industries such as healthcare, data science and public sector employment. One will support students in identifying and participating in a range of experiential learning options from internships, to research, study abroad and student employment opportunities on campus. And one will focus upon developing better programming in financial literacy.
  • We are making a similar investment in health and wellness with the addition of five new staff in social work and counseling roles. Also in the vein of wellness we look forward to beginning construction of a substantial addition to our Campus Recreation gym, which should open during the 2025-26 academic year. We are similarly continuing our work to improve outdoor recreation spaces in the residential communities with a focus on Newing College this summer.  
  • Like many of our peer institutions, we are serving an increasing number of students who self-identify with various disabilities. To respond to that growth, we are adding five new positions to further strengthen not only disability services, but also the accessibility of our physical campus and of our online learning platforms. 
  • Finally, we must also work toward mitigating political polarization to remain committed to the future success of our students. For the past year we have worked with one of our own alumni with an already distinguished career in mediation to develop a project aimed at promoting constructive dialogue and the skills necessary to support it.  This coming year we will expand the footprint of last year’s pilot and expect to reach most of our new students with some element of the project. 

In the stories of our graduates I see confirmation that Binghamton University remains a destination where students can find the inspiration, support and mentorship to launch successful lives and careers. Their success provides inspiration to us as staff to continue to strengthen our programs and initiatives to stay ahead of the aspirations of our newest students.

Brian Rose
Vice President of Student Affairs

Financial Aid and Student Records are here to help!

For all servicing options, hours of operation, document submission upload instructions, and much more, visit the following websites:

Document submission: All documents can be uploaded securely through the myBinghamton portal. Click on Financial Aid and Student Records Document Submission (available links section on the left side of the page).

2024-25 FAFSA application now open

The 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open. You can file your FAFSA here

Per the Department of Education, institutions, state higher education agencies and designated scholarship organizations will begin receiving FAFSA information starting in the first half of March 2024. For more information, visit the 2024-25 Student Aid Index Update and Timeline.

Students and/or parents will report 2022 tax information on the 2024-25 FAFSA. This information will be automatically transferred from the IRS to the FAFSA using the new FAFSA contributor and consent functionality. 

Learn more about the new FAFSA.

Helpful videos

The Financial Aid office understands that applying for financial aid can be complex. Watch the videos below and if you still have questions, we're always happy to provide assistance.

Proxy access available for financial aid information

"Proxy access" is the ability students have to grant others access to view their financial aid information in BU Brain. For more information about Proxy Access, and instructions for students, visit the Proxy Access webpage

2024-25 Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) changes coming – providing more access to this funding

To help expand access to higher education, the FY 2025 Enacted Budget increases the minimum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award from $500 to $1,000. Additionally, the Budget increases the dependent student net taxable income (NTI) limit for TAP eligibility from $80,000 to $125,000, the independent married student NTI limit from $40,000 to $60,000, and the independent single student NTI limit from $10,000 to $30,000. These changes are estimated to cost $66 million and benefit roughly 93,000 students in public and private colleges and universities, including 48,000 students newly eligible for TAP.

To apply for New York state aid, students must complete a New York state Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application. This application provides a single conduit for applying for payment of all state grants, scholarships and awards, which includes TAP, Excelsior (requires initial separate application as well), and STEM (requires initial separate application as well).

Students and parents have the option to link directly to the application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page or complete the application by going to the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) application webpage. Note that students must be full-time for most NYS grants and scholarships.

All aspects of the TAP application and applications for their respective awards must be completed with NYS HESC in order for the awards to be sent to Binghamton University from NYS HESC.  For more information, please go to NYS HESC website.

Fall 2024 Excelsior Scholarship application

The Fall 2024 Excelsior Scholarship application opened on May 23, 2024. The application will close on August 31, 2024. Current recipients do not need to file a new Excelsior application, but must file a TAP application every year. To review eligibility requirements and complete your application, visit the Excelsior Scholarship program webpage.

2024-25 Parent PLUS loan application timeline

Parents can apply for a Parent PLUS Loan beginning May 15, 2024 for the 2024-25 aid year. For more general information about Parent PLUS loans, visit the financial aid PLUS loan webpage

Summer 2024 financial aid

Financial aid sources for the summer are available for matriculated Binghamton University undergraduate and graduate students who are in good academic standing. Undergraduate students enrolled for at least six credits during summer session may be eligible to use Federal Direct Student Loans, Federal Parent PLUS Loans and private loans to help finance the summer session. Pell eligible students will receive the award automatically based on eligibility and enrollment.

Due to the delay in receiving 2024-25 FAFSA information, the 2024 Summer Loan Request Form will not be available until after we are able to provide financial aid offers.

More information about the summer session and information about financial aid for the summer are both available on the Binghamton University website.

Education abroad for Summer 2024 or Fall 2024

Is your student considering education abroad? If yes, once accepted to an education abroad program, we encourage financial aid applicants to meet with a financial aid counselor to discuss costs and funding options. Students must submit a copy of the program acceptance letter and a detailed program cost sheet. For more information, visit the financial aid for education abroad webpage.

New York State Get On Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program

The New York State Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program provides up to 24 months of federal student loan debt relief to recent New York State college graduates who are participating in a federal income-driven repayment plan whose payments are generally capped at 10 percent of their discretionary income. Visit the NYS Get On Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program website for more information and instructions on how to apply.

Student Records

For more information visit the Student Records website

Graduating seniors – applications for degree

Currently enrolled undergraduates intending to graduate in Summer 2024 must complete the online Application for Degree (AFD) available on BU Brain in order to receive their degree.

Students completing coursework at another school in Spring 2024 must email to complete their Application for Degree.

If you have difficulty locating or completing the Application for Degree on BU Brain, please email

Clear holds

Be sure to clear all holds that may prevent registration. Holds can be viewed online
through BU Brain.

Summer 2024 registration

  • Summer registration opened on March 11.
    • Term I – May 28–July 1
      • Add/drop deadline – 11:59 p.m. May 30
      • Course withdrawal deadline – 11:59 p.m. June 17
      • Change of grade option deadline – 4:00 p.m. June 19
    • Term II – July 8–August 9
      • Add/drop deadline – 11:59 p.m. July 11
      • Course withdrawal deadline – 11:59 p.m. July 29
      • Change of grade option deadline – 4:00 p.m. July 29
  • Students must clear all holds before they can register. Holds can be viewed online through the BU Brain.
  • Check online for more information about the summer session.

Fall 2024 semester – Aug. 20–Dec. 5

Continuing students will be able to register with a time ticket based on earned credit hours when the add/drop registration period for the fall semester opens right before classes begin in August. Check BU Brain in mid-August for time ticket information.

Lost IDs

Students can request a replacement ID card through or send an email (using their official Binghamton University email account — emails from other accounts cannot be processed) with their name and B-number to

  • There is a $20 fee for all replacement ID cards, which will be assessed to the student’s bill in Student Accounts.
  • Students will need a photo ID to pick up their card. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license, passport, high school or other university photo ID.

Official expedited electronic transcripts now available

In addition to free official paper transcripts, we also offer official expedited electronic transcripts. Transcripts are sent in PDF format via email. Official electronic transcripts are typically sent within 10 minutes of authorization. Attachments can also be uploaded and sent with your expedited electronic transcript.

There is a $5 charge per recipient for the expedited service. 

More information about electronic transcript service is available online.

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Visiting Binghamton?

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