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Dates & Deadlines

Understanding the dates and deadlines for applications, registering for classes, when the first day of classes start, or even paying for college can be difficult–but they’re all extremely important. Below you’ll find the dates and deadlines for the upcoming academic semesters.

Fall Semester 2024 Start Date

Fall Semester classes begin on Monday, August 26, 2024. All required paperwork and processes must be completed by Monday, August 19. This includes: A submitted application for admission, submission of an official high school transcript or GED (Or an official college transcript, showing an earned bachelor’s degree or higher degree), a completed FAFSA (if applying for financial aid), completion of the ACCUPLACER Exam (if applicable), immunization records, seeing an academic advisor, and registering for classes. International F-1 visa students have an earlier deadline for enrollment. More information for international students. For details on the start of the semester, visit our Registrar's page.

Bill Payment Due Dates

Summer Session III 2024 bill payment due date is June 28, 2024
Fall 2024 bill payment due date is August 9, 2024
Fall Session II 2024 bill payment due date is September 6, 2024
Spring 2025 bill payment due date is January 2, 2025

SUNY Schenectady Payment Plans

We have an affordable Payment Plan option available. For more details visit the Payment Plans page.

Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid is extremely important and should be done as soon as you apply at SUNY Schenectady. You can apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or to learn more about the FAFSA application process, visit our Financial Aid page. It’s important to have your Financial Aid awarded prior to the start of your semester.

Certificate of Residence

Students registering for credit courses at SUNY Schenectady are required to document their county of residence since counties partially fund student enrollment at New York State community colleges. In order to qualify for resident tuition, you must have resided in New York State for the past twelve months, and you are required to provide county residence documentation for the last six months. All New York State students must complete the Application for Certificate of Residence, Form B-80, and students from outside Schenectady County must submit Form B-81 obtained from their county treasurer. The Student Business Office, Elston 219, is responsible for collecting the Certificate of Residence from students. Please click here for more details and to download the Certificate of Residence form.

Immunization Documentation

New York State law requires the College to have your immunization documentation prior to the first day of classes. Students who have not submitted any proof of immunity against Measles, Mumps or Rubella are considered non-compliant and will not be allowed to attend classes after 30 days (for residents of the State of New York) or after 45 days (for out-of-state-residents). The College is obligated to exclude non-compliant students and will administratively withdraw these students from classes on the 30th day (for NY residents) and 45th day (for out-of-state-residents) from the first day of classes. For details on the Immunization process please visit the Immunization page.

Scholarship Applications

Scholarships are available to prospective and current students, awarded based on an online application and essay. The application process for the 2024-2025 academic year will open on January 29, 2024. 

For more information, please visit the scholarships page.