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A Consortium Agreement allows Stony Brook University to process financial aid awards for a student while they attend classes at an alternate academic institution. It is a process which is to be utilized only in extenuating circumstances.

Consortium Agreement requests to take classes at a local community college that is within driving distance from Stony Brook University are most often denied.

Courses already taken and passed at Stony Brook University are not transferrable and as such cannot be counted as acceptable coursework in a Consortium Agreement. If the student wants to raise their grade in such a class they will need to retake it at Stony Brook University. If they wish to take it at another institution, financial aid cannot be processed for this course.

In order to be considered for a Consortium Agreement the student must complete the following steps:

  1. Contact the alternate academic institution that they will be attending instead of Stony Brook University to be sure that the institution is willing to participate in this agreement.
  2. Download and complete the 'Consortium Agreement Request' application from our Forms page. Once the form is completed and the appropriate signatures are obtained, the request form must be returned to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.
  3. If the request is approved, the Stony Brook University Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services will send a Consortium Agreement form to the student.
  4. The Consortium Agreement form must be completed by both the student and the host institution.  The completed form must be returned to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services at Stony Brook University.

IMPORTANT: All of the above steps must be completed prior to the student beginning study at the alternate academic institution. The student should be aware of the alternate school's tuition and billing policies. The student is responsible for paying the visiting institution directly. Stony Brook University will process financial aid according to federal, state, and institutional guidelines. The scheduled disbursement dates for financial aid awards are listed on SOLAR when viewing the awards.

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