Frequently Asked Questions
I don't know what I want to study or what kind of job I'd like after college. Can I still apply to Genesee?
Absolutely. You can pursue a General
, which lets you sample different fields of study. And it
prepares you for more advanced study -- or jobs -- in a variety of fields. General
Studies, a traditional liberal arts program, is Genesee's most popular degree
program. And remember this: if you're not sure what you want to do with your
life, you're not alone. Most students who enter college have the same uncertainties.
Will my Genesee credits transfer to a college or university offering a Bachelor's degree?
The academic credits you earn at Genesee transfer to virtually any college or university in the United States. What's more, at Genesee we maintain formal transfer agreements
with the baccalaureate colleges most widely preferred by our graduates. We have agreements with SUNY College at Geneseo, the Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY College at Brockport, the University at Buffalo, and dozens of other colleges in New York State and beyond. These transfer agreements mean that you're easily accepted at both Genesee and the other college of your choice - sometimes before you even begin your studies at Genesee!
I really need some help figuring out career options before I apply for admission. What should I do?
At Genesee, we offer information about hundreds of different careers, as well as complete career counseling. We also offer two of the nation's best computer-based career guidance systems -- SIGI PLUS and FOCUS. You can call our Career Services Center
for help anytime, even before you apply for admission. Incidentally, before you graduate, our Career Center staff will be happy to help you prepare your resume and offer you job-hunting tips.
How easy is it to get to the Batavia Campus?
Private student housing
is located right next to the Batavia Campus, so you're always just five minutes away. If you live in the city of Batavia and don't have your own car, public transportation (called the "B-Line") is readily available. And B-Line trips to and from the Batavia Campus are free to students!
After I apply for admission, how soon will I hear back from Genesee?
We have a rolling admissions program
. We send out our first acceptance letters for the incoming fall class in December of the prior year. If we receive your application after December 1, you'll hear from us within two to four weeks.
Are there any child care centers near Genesee?
Genesee Community College offers a fully accredited child care program at the Batavia Campus. You can arrange to use the Child Care Center
whenever your classes are scheduled, or whenever you have other academic commitments.
I've heard that college graduates aren't doing too well in the job market these days. What happens to Genesee graduates?
Last year, 96% of our graduates either found employment within six months of graduation or pursued studies at the Bachelor's degree level.
Who can apply for aid?
Almost anyone. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. You may be eligible for grants, scholarships or loans. Parents of students may also apply for loans through the Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) Program.
Can I receive financial aid if I'm not a U.S. citizen?
No. International Students are not eligible for aid.
When should I apply for financial aid?
As early as January for the upcoming Fall semester. If you are a dependant, your parents must file state and federal income tax returns prior to your application for aid. If you must file tax returns, be sure to do so before applying for aid.
Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?
Yes. The FAFSA form is only valid for one academic year.
If I was turned down for aid last year, should I apply again this year?
Definitely. Changes in your financial situation and/or the cost of attending college could affect the decision.
If I only want a loan, do I have to file a FAFSA?
Absolutely. You must submit a FAFSA to be considered for any type of financial assistance.
If I take classes part-time, am I eligible to apply for aid?
Yes. Although you are not eligible for TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) awards, you may still apply for a Stafford Loan and Federal Pell Grant money. You should also file an Aid for Part-Time Students (APTS) form in our office. Parents of students taking six or more credit hours also may participate in the PLUS program.
How can I pay for textbooks?
If you have excess grant aid - not loans - you may be eligible for a book voucher. The voucher, which will allow you to use the extra money to buy books, is available in the Financial Aid office.
Where can I find information about scholarships?
Your high school guidance counselor or our Financial Aid office are good sources of information or visit www.fastweb.com.
The Financial Aid forms are asking for numbers for Genesee?
To complete the financial aid forms, you will need the College's Federal and NY Code numbers.
FAFSA Code: 006782
TAP Code: 2252
Please e-mail the Admissions Office with any additional questions.