How to Finance your Education at OCC

Paying for college can seem like an overwhelming process at times. That’s why OCC is committed to providing affordable quality education. Our annual tuition is $4,570 for 2017-2018 and there are lots of ways to make that tuition amount even more affordable. Here are the steps to take in order to finance your education.

Pro Tip: OCC’s financial aid office will help you fill out the financial aid application. Call 315-498-2291 or email to set up an appointment.

1. Apply for Financial Aid

Everyone attending college should apply for federal financial aid. Walk through the steps to see if you qualify on our financial aid website. If you do, create your FSA ID and fill out the FAFSA. Our office of financial aid is available to help guide you through the process if you need assistance.

2. Apply for TAP (New York State Residents Only)

Full-time students in New York State could be eligible for TAP. See if you’re eligible by walking through the steps on our financial aid website. If you qualify, gather your information and apply for TAP.

3. Apply for OCC Scholarships

OCC awards scholarships year-round. Complete our scholarship interest form to begin the process of applying for scholarships and don’t forget to apply for scholarships outside of OCC too.

4. Apply for the Excelsior Scholarship (New York State Residents Only)

If you’re a New York State resident and your family income is $100,000 or less than you may qualify for the Excelsior Scholarship. See if you meet the other requirements and apply for the Excelsior Scholarship today!

Sign up for a New Student Orientation & Registration Session to register for classes, take placement tests and more!


5 Things You Need to Do Once You’ve Applied to OCC

You’ve applied to OCC. That’s great! We’re excited to have you on board. Here are the five things you need to do once you’ve applied.

Pro Tip: All of these things can be completed during a New Student Registration & Orientation Session. Sign up for one today!

Submit your High School Transcript or GED/TASC certificate and Score Report

Documents can be sent by mail to 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215 or email: Got questions? Contact the office of admissions.

Take Placement Testing

Placement testing helps us put you in the best position to succeed at OCC. Visit our website to see when you can drop by for a placement test.

Provide Immunization Records 

New York State Public Health Law requires you to provide proof of immunity against measles, mumps, rubella, and meningitis. Have your doctor’s office fax the records to (315) 469-9270. For questions please call (315) 498-2000.

Apply for Financial Aid at

We’ll walk you through the full process of applying for financial aid and applying for scholarships on our financial aid website. If you’re a New York State Resident make sure you also apply for TAP and see if you’re eligible for the Excelsior Scholarship.

Register for Classes

Once you’ve taken care of the above steps, you can register for classes. First-time students will meet with their advisor to help guide them through the process.