Next Steps Checklist

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Checkbox Image If you haven't already done so, apply for Financial Aid

The process can take 6-8 weeks so plan ahead and do it as soon after January 1 as possible at  and

Financial aid includes grants, scholarships and student loans.  There are also a variety of other ways that you can pay for college.

Questions? Contact the Financial Aid Office or check your financial aid status on WebAccess.

Checkbox Image Take your Placement Test

Learn more about placement testing and how to take one.  If you require accommodations for placement testing due to a disability, contact the Disability Services Office.

Checkbox Image Sign up for Advising

In order to get the classes you need to graduate you will need to sign up for an advising appointment by contacting Student Central.

Checkbox Image Register for classes

After you've met with an advisor you'll be ready to register for classes. You can register online or come to campus and do it in person.

Checkbox Image Pay your tuition and fees

Due Friday before classes begin.  Go to WebAccess to look at your bill. 

There are a variety of options for making paymentsContact the Bursar's Office if you have questions.

Checkbox Image Get your Student ID card

To get your student ID card or "Smart Card" you will need to stop by the Smart Card Office during business hours.  You will always be asked for ID when on campus for services.

Checkbox Image Complete and submit your Certificate of Residence

In most NYS Counties the certificate of residence must be completed and processed in the window between 60 days before classes begin and 30 days after classes start.

Live outside of Onondaga County but in New York State?  You MUST file a Certificate of Residence.  It entitles you to pay resident tuition, which is HALF that of non-residents.

Checkbox Image Reserve a spot for New Student Orientation

You must complete your placement testing before you may attend orientation.

Orientation is held at various times before the semester starts and it is required for new students.  Reserve your spot now.

Checkbox Image Get your books

You can work with the Bookstore to get your books and supplies by going to

Checkbox Image Find your way around

 Campus maps are available online or at campus entrances and kiosks located throughout campus.