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SUNY Canton to Host Excelsior Scholarship Information Sessions

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

SUNY Canton will be holding two information sessions about the brand-new Excelsior Scholarship, also known as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tuition-free college plan.

“The Excelsior Scholarship will be a game-changer for the State University of New York by making higher education even more affordable for many families,” said SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran. “It will create more opportunities in education, and ultimately careers, for SUNY Canton students.”

SUNY Canton Excelsior ScholarshipArea students and their families are invited to learn about the groundbreaking new free tuition legislation from 5 to 7 p.m. on both Thursday, April 20, and Thursday, April 27, in the Admissions Office in French Hall. These events are free and open to the public.

“Starting this fall, undergraduate students who are New York state residents whose families earn $100,000 or less are eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship,” said Melissa Evans, the college’s director of Admissions. “Families can save more than $25,000 for a four-year degree at SUNY Canton.”

Admissions and Financial Aid representatives will be available to answer questions about Excelsior Scholarship applications and eligibility requirements. Further information will also be available at the college’s April 29 Open House.

New and transfer students can also use these sessions as a chance to apply and immediately be considered for the Fall 2017 semester. High school students will need to bring their official high school transcripts and their relevant SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students will need to bring transcripts from their previous colleges.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton ‘Financial Planning for College’ Seminar, April 24

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

It’s never too early to begin planning for a child’s college education.

The SUNY Canton Financial Literacy Center will be presenting a college planning seminar at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 24, in SUNY Canton’s Richard W. Miller Campus Center Room 212.

Financial Literacy CenterKerrie L. Cooper, the college’s director of financial aid, and Jon Eng, a retail banking specialist from North Country Savings Bank, will explain government assistance, private funding sources and savings options. Cooper said the seminar is offered to help families who are planning for their young children’s college education.

The event is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required. For more information, or to register for the event, contact the Financial Literacy Center at (315) 386-7328 or email FLC@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 13 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are conference members of the newly formed American Collegiate Athletic Association.

Financial Aid Help Available at SUNY Canton, Oct. 15

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

SUNY CantonFinancial Aid professionals from SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will be available to help students and their families with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, in SUNY Canton’s Nevaldine Hall South Rooms 117 and 119.

Both area State University of New York colleges cohost the free event for all prospective students and their families as part of the SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day.

Students may now complete the FAFSA as early as October. In previous years, students had to wait to Jan. 1. Attendants should be prepared to provide their 2015 income and tax information.

Students and parents are encouraged to register for the event in advance at SUNY’s Financial Aid Day Website or by calling 1-800-342-3811. Walk-ins will also be welcome.

For more information on Financial Aid Day, contact SUNY Canton’s Student Service Center in the One-Hop Shop at (315) 386-7616, or email finaid@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as nine exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

Financial Aid Help Available Jan. 24 at SUNY Canton

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

SUNY CantonFinancial aid professionals from SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will be presenting hands-on training sessions for students who are looking to finance their education.

Both colleges are participating in the SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day, with a workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 24, in Wicks Hall on the SUNY Canton campus.

The program is offered to help answer questions and to provide assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid process. Both current and future students and their parents are invited to participate in the workshops. Those interested should register online at www.suny.edu/studentevents or by calling 1-800-342-3811.

For more information on Financial Aid Day, contact SUNY Canton’s Student Service Center, (315) 386-7616, or email finaid@canton.edu.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

 

About SUNY Potsdam
Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts. Empowered by a culture of creativity, the campus community recently launched Take the Lead: The Campaign for Potsdam, which aims to raise $27 million by the College’s bicentennial in 2016. For more information, visit http://www.potsdam.edu.

One-Hop Shop for Student Services Opens in the Campus Center

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

SUNY Canton showcases upgraded facilities for the fall 2014 semester.

Several key offices have moved into one location to provide students fast and easily accessible services.

The SUNY Canton Registrar’s office, Financial Aid office, student accounts and representatives from the College Association have relocated to the bottom floor of the Richard W. Miller Campus Center creating the “One-Hop Shop.” Students can register or change classes, pay their bills, set up a meal plan and get their college identification card all in one location. Previously these departments were in at least two buildings and were across campus from one another.

One-Hop Shop

An overhead view of SUNY Canton’s new “One-Hop Shop” which houses several high-traffic student service offices.

The space previously housed the intramural gym. It was repurposed when administrators found that students and teams had largely been using the Roos House Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center or the reopened Dana Hall Alumni Gym for competitions and pick-up games.

One-Hop Shop

A student works with a member of the Registrar’s Office in preparation for the fall 2014 semester.

Additionally, the college implemented a “Qmatic” self-service kiosk to help point students to the right office and reduce time spent waiting in lines. The large, open floor plan of the One-Hop Shop allows for a waiting area, an information desk and numerous open office spaces for representatives from each of the three areas.

 

Cook Hall Renovations Complete

Cook Science Center, commonly known as Cook Hall, has reopened following extensive summer renovations. The new classroom space will feature a room for Business and Accounting students to practice Wall Street-style stock trades, new Funeral Services Administration classrooms and other instructional space.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as eight exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 14 athletic teams compete as provisional members of the NCAA Division III and the USCAA.

SUNY Canton to Implement Standardized Financial Aid Award Letter

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

SUNY CantonSUNY Canton will adopt a new, standardized Financial Aid Award Letter alongside the State University of New York this fall.

All of the SUNY system’s 64 campuses will use the letter for the 2013-2014 academic year, as part of the SUNY Smart Track™ campaign, which promotes transparency in college financing.

The new award letter will allow students and their families to see clearly the cost of attendance and financial aid offerings at each campus, including campus-specific information such as graduation rate, median borrowing and loan default rate. SUNY is the first and largest public system of higher education nationally to implement such a tool for students and families.

“Students can expect to see the new letter as early as April,” said SUNY Canton’s Director of Financial Aid Kerrie L. Cooper. “It will really help students and their families compare colleges and help them in the decision process.”

Cooper serves on the committee of financial aid directors who helped SUNY develop the standardized letter. “It is exceptionally important that the financial aid process be as open and transparent as possible,” she added.

Development of the standard financial aid award letter was first announced when SUNY launched its Smart Track™ campaign in September. With the launch, SUNY adopted the concept of transparency of financial aid and college costs and the system began offering students the most proactive, comprehensive financial aid information and services in the country.

“While college students across the country are taking on more loan debt than ever before, SUNY Smart Track™ gives our prospective students the most comprehensive and transparent financial aid information available so that they can make informed decisions about how to pay for their college education,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The standard award letter will allow prospective students and their families to easily compare colleges within SUNY and view a full outline of the financial commitment associated with their education.”

More recently, in the 2013 State of the University Address, Chancellor Zimpher announced that SUNY Smart Track™ would contribute to a wider system-wide goal of decreasing the loan default rate of SUNY students by at least five percent over the next five years.

The average indebtedness of a SUNY graduate is $22,575, well below the national average of $26,600. The vast majority of SUNY student loan borrowers repay their loans successfully.

The SUNY Smart Track™ Award Letter was developed by a committee of campus Financial Aid Directors, and others, who were tasked with adopting the intent of the federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet while creating a unique version for SUNY. Additionally, the campaign calls for an expansion of SUNY’s Student Loan Service Center, early engagement of students at risk of default, and providing new and improved online resources such as a net price calculator, chats with financial aid experts, and financial literacy materials.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

 

Limited Time Remains for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program at SUNY Canton

Monday, November 19th, 2012

There is still time for former U.S. Armed Forces personnel who plan on attending SUNY Canton to apply for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

“The Department of Veterans Affairs reserves portions of this program for technical education,” noted Patrick S. Massaro, the Military and Veteran Student Service Coordinator. “SUNY Canton is the only College in the area to fit within the regulations for the retraining program.”

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

Patrick Massaro (seated in the green shirt) works with students in SUNY Canton’s Veteran’s Lounge.

The program offers 12 months of financial assistance to veterans who are between 35 and 60 years of age and are unemployed. They also must have been honorably discharged, among other criteria.

Prospective students and transfers can apply for the spring 2013 semester at SUNY Canton up to the first day of classes on Jan. 21, 2013. “Students seeking VRAP benefits should apply as soon possible,” Massaro said. “This upcoming year [2013] will be the last full year for students to take advantage of this remarkable retraining program, due to the program’s discontinuation in March 2014.”

There are currently almost a dozen veterans at SUNY Canton who are enrolled in the program. The Department of Labor will assist veterans with job placement after they graduate.

SUNY Canton is among the top “Military Friendly Colleges and Universities” according to Military Advanced Education magazine, and was among the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools to be recognized as a 2012 Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.

For more information, contact Massaro at his SUNY Canton office, 386-7073, or email massarop@canton.edu.

SUNY Canton to Host Financial Aid Workshop

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

College-bound students interested in learning about the financial aid process can attend an upcoming workshop at SUNY Canton.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will co-host the event as part of SUNY’s Statewide Student Financial Aid Day on Saturday, Feb. 12. The session is open to students applying to both public and private institutions and will begin at 9 a.m. on SUNY Canton’s campus in the Faculty Office Building lobby. The event will include a general information session as well as workshops.

The program is being offered to answer questions about financial aid and provide assistance with the financial aid application (FAFSA) process. Prospective or current students and their families will have the chance to ask questions of SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam admissions and financial aid representatives. Those who attend can also receive hands-on assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Financial Aid Day Schedule of Events

  • 9 a.m.: Welcome and Refreshments, Faculty Office Building Lobby
  • 9:30 a.m.: General Information Session, Wicks Hall, Room 102
  • 10:45 a.m.: Small Group Sessions: “Complete the FAFSA on the Web,” Wicks Hall 006; “Get a Pin Number,” Wicks Hall 008

For more information on the event, contact SUNY Canton’s Student Service Center at 315-386-7616 or 1-800-388-7123 during regular business hours. Those interested in attending the event are encouraged to register online at www.suny.edu/studentevents.

SUNY Canton Director Recognized for Outstanding Service

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

SUNY Canton’s director of financial aid was recently honored for her commitment and outstanding efforts in area high schools.

Kerrie L. Cooper, Madrid, was awarded the New York State Financial Aid Administrators’ Association (NYSFAAA) Region 8 Service Award at their annual conference banquet on Oct. 20 in Buffalo, NY.

Kerrie L. Cooper, center, receives the NYSFAAA Region 8 Service Award. Pictured from left are Curt Gaume, director of financial aid at Canisius College and past president of the Association, and current president Dan Tramuta, associate vice president for enrollment at SUNY at Fredonia.

“Kerrie has done so much for our financial aid office,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “During the busier times of the year, Kerrie is in her office late at night making sure e-mails are responded to and questions are answered. We are extremely lucky to have her as a member of our campus community.”

Cooper has contributed many years of regional service to Region 8, and at one point served as an executive council representative and as the regional chair. “Kerrie presents numerous financial aid night programs for many North Country high schools every year and always helps out with the annual guidance counselor training event,” the nominating committee said. “She is always willing to help a student with an aid issue or to offer guidance to a colleague with a regulation question. Her high level of professionalism and dedication are a tribute to Region 8.”

Cooper said it’s been a group effort in developing opportunities for financial aid nights for local high schools through the use of Distance Learning classrooms, arranged through BOCES.

“Our collaborative efforts have enabled me to present to 10 high schools in two nights,” she said, explaining they are able to do so through teleconferencing. “It’s allowed us to make sure the smaller schools also get financial aid updates each year. We are the only region in the state using this technology and it’s been highly successful. We are very proud of that.”

Cooper’s financial aid career began as a work-study student. While a graduate student at the University of Albany, Cooper continued to assist in the financial aid office. She became a financial aid counselor at Monroe Community College before arriving at SUNY Canton in 1992 in her present role.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day Feb 21 at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

CANTON – An upcoming hands-on training session will focus on making college affordable by maximizing students’ financial aid.

SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam will be participating in the SUNY Statewide Financial Aid Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb 21, in the Halford Lobby on the ground floor of SUNY Canton’s Faculty Office Building.

The Student State-wide Financial Aid Days are offered so students and parents can receive assistance with the financial aid application process. Financial Aid professionals from both colleges will be helping students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA forms. Future, prospective, current students, and family members are invited to participate in the hands-on training session. Admissions Counselors from both colleges will also be on hand.

“We realize that given the economy, financial aid is more important than ever,” said Kerrie Cooper, SUNY Canton Director of Financial Aid. “It is often the determining factor in whether a student attends college. We can help students make sure that they get all of the aid that they are eligible for.”

Financial Aid Days are offered as a state-wide service through SUNY, but registration is required. For more information or to register for the SUNY Financial Aid Day at SUNY Canton, call the Student Service Center at (315) 386-7616 or 1-800-388-7123. You may also register online at http://tinyurl.com/suny-registration.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.