At OCC, we know financial aid can be a confusing process with lots of case by case basis situations. If you have any questions about the below processes, please reach out to us at 315-498-2000 or

Special Circumstances 

Use this form when your family has experienced significant changes from what you originally filled out on the 2022-2023 FAFSA. 

Deadline is May 1, 2023 for students enrolled in both Fall and Spring semesters.

Complete the Special Circumstances Form

Dependency Override Form   

Looking to be considered an independent student for Federal Financial Aid purposes? Fill out the form below. 

Deadline is May 1, 2023 for students enrolled in both Fall and Spring semesters.

Complete the Dependency Override Form

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal

Use this form if you experienced extenuating circumstances during your semester which effected your Federal and/or State financial aid eligibility. 

Examples of extenuating circumstances:

  • Accident or injury requiring hospitalization and recovery
  • Call to military active duty with short response time
  • Death of an immediate family member
  • Fire or other catastrophic events
  • Medical issues requiring extensive follow-up care

Appeal decisions will be made prior to the start of each semester for appeals submitted by the published deadline. Appeals submitted after the deadline will have decisions made on a rolling basis regardless of if you are financially liable for your registered courses.

Complete the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Appeal Form

Aid for Part-Time Study (A.P.T.S.) Application

What is APTS?
The Aid for Part-Time Study program is a grant program financed by New York State in conjunction with participating educational institutions throughout the state. The program provides up to $2,000 per year to help part-time undergraduate students meet their educational expenses. 

Apply for Part-time Study Aid!