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To be considered for financial aid you must first be admitted to a degree granting program at Stony Brook University. 

Stay up-to-date on the status of your financial aid by logging into SOLAR and checking your "To Do List" items and e-mails from the Financial Aid office on a regular basis throughout the year. 


  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at
    • Include Stony Brook's school code: 002838
  • New York State Residents must complete the New York State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application at
    • Include Stony Brook's school code: 0875


  • Log into SOLAR and check your "To Do List" items to see if additional documentation is required to finalize your award package.
    • If action is required, respond promptly to avoid packaging and disbursement delays.
    • Forms can be downloaded at the link provided in the To Do List.


  • Log into SOLAR and check your "To Do List" to see if any further information is required. 
    • Your financial aid package is available when you see "FA Award Response". Click the link which provides information on how to view, accept, and decline your awards. 
    • Review terms and conditions of awards by clicking the "Award Detail" link. 
    • If you do not see an award notification, check the "To Do List" detail for instructions. 
    • If you need assistance, contact your associated financial aid office. 


  • Log into SOLAR to check for updates. 
    • If you have accepted student loans, you may be required to complete online entrance counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN). Check your "To Do List" to see if any action is required.


  • Log into SOLAR and review your financial aid awards  and your "Account Summary/What Do I Owe?"
    • Review your billing statement to make sure that it reflects all of the tuition and fee charges for your current semester enrollment status. 
    • If you are eligible for TAP, you should see both a fall and spring TAP award (estimates will not appear as anticipated aid).  If you still have an estimated award, call 1-888-NYS-HESC and ask why Stony Brook University does not have your TAP information yet.
    • If you are living on campus and have signed up for a meal plan, your bill should include room and meal plan charges. 
    •  If you would like to pay the balance due in monthly installments, you can sign up for the Time Option Payment Plan (TOPP)
    • Information about parent loan processing can be found under Applying For Parent Aid.