Adult Degree Completion

Financial Aid for Adult Students

Step 1

Complete an online FAFSA form  You must complete this form to be considered for financial aid. You will be prompted to create a personal identification number (PIN) called a Federal Student Aid PIN, which will help you get through the FAFSA more quickly. You will need your PIN for all activity related to the FAFSA.

Step Two

If you have previously completed a FAFSA and received financial aid before, locate your FAFSA PIN and visit this website to see how much financial aid you may still be eligible for. You MUST complete this form to be considered for financial aid.

FAFSA Information/Resources: MSMC Title IV school code is 002778.

For FAFSA application purposes, your academic standing is determined by the amount of credits you have earned. For example, you are considered a freshman if you have earned 0 – 29 credits, a sophomore if you have earned 30 – 59 credits, a junior if you have earned 60 – 89 credits, and a senior if you have earned 90+ credits.

Step 3

See what kind of financial aid is available to you by visiting Federal Student Aid website:

See how much financial aid you are eligible for by visiting the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation website. It will provide you with information about how much money you can borrow, depending on your current status (returning student or new student).

Review this helpful form:  Federal Student Aid at a Glance

Step 4

Estimate how much your tuition will be and how much financial aid you are eligible for. For example, if you are a first-year student, you may be eligible for up to $5,500 per year in federal loans. 

Step 5

Complete a NYS TAP application if you are a qualified NYS resident. Please review the requirements at

If you have completed all of these steps, you should know what your financial aid package is very soon. The MSMC Financial Aid office “packages” all financial aid applications every Friday if you have completed all the paperwork. You may also contact the MSMC Finance Office for additional payment options.

It is wise not to register for a class until you know what your financial aid award will be. If you need additional information, you may speak to a representative in Financial Aid at 845-569-3194 or by email at

Monthly Payment Plan

Adult students can take advantage of our online, interest-free Monthly Payment Program for Tuition & Fees.

External opportunities

Attention, education students: The TEACH Program (Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education) is a federal grant program that provides funds to students who are completing, or plan to complete, coursework toward a career in teaching. All program participants agree to serve for at least four out of eight years after graduation in a high-need field, and work in certain school districts. For more information, please see the TEACH Program website.

Military members should visit   the National Military Family Association   for more information on the annual Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program.

Please contact the Student Financial Services by sending an email to

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