Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services administers several federal and state programs that provide funds to assist eligible students in pursuing their academic goals. These programs are the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). The office also manages the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Direct Stafford and PLUS Loan Programs, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART), and the New York State Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) Program. These programs are described below, together with other sources of state and federal assistance for which prospective students might qualify while attending Stony Brook.

The basic applications for programs administered by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services are the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Express Tuition Assistance Program Application (ETA), and the Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) application. Application forms and information about application guidelines and deadlines are available at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services, 180 Administration Building, (631) 632-6840, or on the financial aid web site at http://www.stonybrook.edu/financialaid 

Note: The ETA is available to the students after filing the FAFSA; please see the New York State Programs section for further information about the application process for a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Grant.

Students should be aware that the University will implement all changes in standards and/or policies that are prescribed by the federal and state regulations governing financial aid administration.

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

Application Procedures

Students wishing to apply for federal and state aid begin the application process by completing a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Upon filing, the applicant will receive a document known as the Student Aid Report (SAR), which indicates his or her Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This EFC is used to determine the applicant's eligibility for one or more of the federal programs.

The information contained in the SAR will be transmitted electronically to Stony Brook if the applicant included the institution's Title IV School Code (002838) on the FAFSA. This information is necessary before a financial aid award package can be provided to the student. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services notifies each student once their award package has been completed. Students can accept their awards online, in real time, using the SOLAR System.

If the student's application is selected for verification, he or she will be asked to provide additional documentation to substantiate the accuracy of the information filed on the FAFSA. This documentation must be compared to the SAR data and corrections made if necessary. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services must be in receipt of the data from a correct and valid SAR before payment of awards can be made.

Requirements and Responsibilities of Recipients

To receive financial assistance through any of the federal programs, the student must: 1) be a citizen, permanent resident alien, or other eligible resident of the U.S.; 2) be matriculated into a degree program; 3) register with Selective Service, if required; and 4) not owe refunds of any awards made previously through one or more of the federal programs, or be in default on repayment of any student loan.

Before receiving payment, the student must sign a statement of educational purpose confirming that all money received will be used for the costs of postsecondary education only (i.e., tuition, fees, books, and living expenses).

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for Federal Financial Aid

All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress. Students must first meet the University Academic Standing guidelines as defined in the Undergraduate Bulletin. 

Eligibility for assistance from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Direct Stafford and PLUS Loan programs is contingent on the student’s meeting "quality" and "quantity" standards. Students are ineligible to receive federal aid when their time of attendance or quantity of credits attempted has exceeded 150% of the time/credits attempted necessary to complete their degree requirements.

Please visit the Financial Aid Website for comprehensive details about the administration of these federal guidelines. http://www.stonybrook.edu/finaid/receiving/sap.shtml


"Emancipated" or "Independent" Student Status

The designation of independent status refers only to whether or not a student is required to report parental income when applying for financial aid. The University adheres to current federal guidelines for validating the status of a student as independent or emancipated for financial aid purposes.


These guidelines define an independent student as being in one of the following categories:

  • 24 years of age or older by December 31 of the award year
  • a veteran of the U.S. armed forces
  • enrolled in a graduate or professional program (beyond a bachelor's degree)
  • married
  • a ward of the court
  • having legal dependents other than a spouse

Effective for summer 2009 the following additional criteria may qualify a student to be viewed as independent for federal financial aid purposes:

  • Being in foster care when the student was 13 years of age or older
  • Student has been deemed an emancipated minor as determined by the court in their state of legal residence
  • Student is currently in legal guardianship as determined by a court in their state of legal residence
  • If at any time on or after July 1, 2008 the student's high school or district homeless liaison determined that the student was an unaccompanied youth or was homeless
  • If at any time on or after July 1, 2008 the director of an emergency shelter program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determined that the student was an unaccompanied youth or was homeless
  • If at any time on or after July 1, 2008 the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program determined that the student was an unaccompanied youth who was homeless or self-supporting and at risk for being homeless

Note: Independent status under the federal definition does not necessarily ensure independent status for state aid programs.

Federal Pell Grant

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards

The Federal Pell Grant Program is an entitlement program. Eligibility and award amount are based on need. Financial need is determined by a formula applied to all applicants. The formula was developed by the U.S. Department of Education and is reviewed annually by Congress. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated by this formula.

The applicant must be pursuing a first bachelor's degree and enrolled for at least three credits in an approved postsecondary institution.

Award Schedule

Please visit the Financial Aid web site to view current award amounts. http://www.stonybrook.edu/finaid/programs/grants.shtml The Pell award is not duplicative of state awards.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards

The applicant must be 1) in exceptional financial need and 2) pursuing a first bachelor's degree.

Award Schedule

Awards range from $100 to $1,000, and are made on a funds-available basis. Priority is given to Pell Grant recipients. In addition, students must apply by the priority deadline to be considered. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for further details.

Federal Perkins Loan

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards

At Stony Brook, Federal Perkins Loans are available to matriculated students enrolled at least half time as undergraduate degree candidates. Awards are made on a funds-available basis. Students must apply by the priority deadline to be considered. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for further details.

Award Schedule

Annual loan limits are established at $5,500 for undergraduate students.

Actual Federal Perkins Loans are limited based on annual allocations and collections, and presently average $1,500 per year at Stony Brook.

Repayment

The current interest rate, payable during the repayment period, is 5 percent on the unpaid principal. Repayment begins nine months after the last date of enrollment and may extend over a period of ten years. Payment may be extended over an additional ten-year period for certain low-income students, and may be deferred for up to three years for certain categories of borrowers. Information on loan cancellation provisions for borrowers who go into certain fields of teaching or specified military duty is available through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

Federal Work-Study Program (FWS)

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards

The FWS program provides part-time employment to undergraduate students who need the income to help meet the costs of postsecondary education.

Stony Brook University strives to make employment reasonably accessible to all its eligible students who have financial need. In the event that more students are eligible for FWS than there are funds available, preference is given to students who applied by the priority deadline. (Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for further details.)

Award Schedule

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services assists recipients of a FWS award by conducting a job fair during the first week of classes in the fall semester. Students may also use the Career Center website to locate and secure employment on campus.

Students interested in participating in Stony Brook's Community Service Program, a program that provides students with the opportunity to serve the public interest while earning Federal Work-Study wages, should contact the Career Center.

Direct Stafford Loans

To be eligible for a Direct Stafford Loan, a student must be enrolled at least half time in an approved program of study.

Direct Stafford Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) by applying through Stony Brook University.

Direct Stafford Loans include the following types of loans:

Direct Subsidized Loans—Direct Subsidized Loans are for students with financial need. You are not charged interest while you’re in school at least half-time and during grace periods and deferment periods.

Direct Unsubsidized Loans—You are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive a Direct Unsubsidized Loan. Interest accrues (accumulates) on an unsubsidized loan from the time it’s first paid out. You can pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, or you can allow it to accrue and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). If you choose not to pay the interest as it accrues, this will increase the total amount you have to repay because you will be charged interest on a higher principal amount.

Loan Schedule

Please visit the Stony Brook University Financial Aid Web site for information about annual and aggregate Stafford limits: http://www.stonybrook.edu/financialaid

Repayment of Subsidized Loans

Borrower Grace Periods

After you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you have a period of time before you have to begin repayment. This "grace period" will be six months for the Federal Stafford Direct Loan Program.

Students have a choice of several repayment plans that are designed to meet the different needs of individual borrowers. The amount paid and the length of time used to repay loans will vary depending on the repayment plan chosen. Generally, students have from 10 to 25 years to repay their student loans, depending on which repayment plan they selected. Please visit http://www.studentaid.ed.gov to view more details about student loan repayment options.

Federal Direct PLUS Loan for Parents

Parents of dependent students may apply for a Direct PLUS Loan to help pay their child's education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met. Borrowing amount is based on the student’s cost of attendance and existing financial aid. To read more about PLUS loans visit the Financial Aid website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/financialaid

NEW YORK STATE PROGRAMS

Note: Where any question of eligibility exists, a prospective student should contact New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) at (888) NYS-HESC.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Application Procedures

To apply for TAP, students should begin by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who file the FAFSA electronically (http://www.fafsa.ed.gov ) will be able to link to the online TAP application at the end of the FAFSA session. If the student missed the NYS link, or filed a paper FAFSA, they can go to "Anytime TAP on the Web" at http://www.hesc.org to complete the application process.

HESC determines the applicant's eligibility and sends an award certificate directly to the applicant indicating the amount of the grant.

Requirements and Responsibilities of Recipients

To receive an award through the Tuition Assistance Program, the applicant must:

  • meet one of the United States citizenship requirements;
  • meet New York State residency requirements;
  • enroll in an approved program of study in a New York State postsecondary institution;
  • be matriculated;
  • declare a major by the first day of classes of their junior year;
  • be in good academic standing;
  • not be in default on any student loan;
  • have a minimum tuition liability of at least $200 per academic year ($100 per semester, $67 per trimester);
  • not exceed the income limitations established for the program;
  • meet the high school graduation requirement. Students who first received aid in:
    • a. academic year 1996-97 to academic year 2006-07 must have:
      • a high school diploma, or the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma (e.g., passing score on the Test Assessing Secondary Completion-TASC) , or a passing score as determined by the U.S. Secretary of Education on a federally approved ability-to-benefit test.
    • b. academic year 2006-07, must have:
      • a U.S. high school diploma, or the recognized equivalent, or  a passing score on a federally approved ability-to-benefit test independently administered and evaluated as provided by the NYS Commissioner of Education.
    • c. academic year 2007-08 and thereafter, must have:
      • a U.S. high school diploma, or the recognized equivalent, or a passing score on a federally approved ability-to-benefit test identified by the NYS Board of Regents and independently administered and evaluated by the Commissioner of Education.

To receive state-sponsored grants or scholarships, the student must be in good academic standing. For financial aid purposes, good academic standing is measured based on Pursuit of program and Satisfactory Academic Progress. Details of these requirements can be found on the financial aid website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/financialaid, or by visiting the NY State Higher Education Services web site directly at http://www.hesc.org

Students who fail to meet the academic standing requirements will be ineligible to receive their term TAP payment. A waiver of the minimum achievement standards may be granted under certain extenuating circumstances. Students who do not meet the requirements will receive notification from the TAP Certifying Officer as to their next appropriate course of action.

Students who receive TAP awards and permanently withdraw or take a leave of absence may jeopardize their eligibility for future TAP awards. To speak to a TAP representative, call the Registrar's Office at (631) 632-6175.

 "Independent" Student Status

A student must apply for TAP as either a dependent student, which requires parental income information, or an independent student, which does not require parental income information. Applicants must report parental income unless the student meets certain conditions established in law and regulation that show the student to be financially independent of the parents. These conditions apply only to the TAP program and differ from the conditions used in defining "financial independence" for other aid programs such as Pell Grants or for public assistance. For a detailed description of the factors used to determine a student’s dependency status for NY State programs please visit http://www.hesc.org

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards

The Tuition Assistance Program is an entitlement program for those NY State residents who meet the eligibility rules.

Undergraduate students may generally receive TAP awards for four years of study; students enrolled in approved five-year programs or in a state-sponsored opportunity program may receive undergraduate awards for five years.

Award Schedule

The amount of the TAP award is scaled according to level of study, tuition charge, and net taxable income (taken from the New York State tax return[s] filed in the year previous to the academic award year). All income data are subject to verification by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

Part-Time TAP Program

Part-time students at approved schools in New York State who were first-time, full-time freshmen in 2006-07 may be eligible for Part-Time TAP to help them pay for college beginning in 2007-08. Part-Time TAP is a grant and does not have to be paid back. Part-Time TAP is not the same as Aid for Part-Time Study.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for Part-Time TAP, a student must:

  • Be a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter
  • Have earned 12 credits or more in each of the two prior consecutive terms, for a minimum total of 24 credits earned
  • Maintain a minimum of a "C" average

In addition, the student must:

  • Be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen
  • Be a legal resident of New York State
  • Have graduated from high school in the United States, or earned a GED, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department
  • Be matriculated in an approved program of study and be in good academic standing
  • Be charged at least $200 tuition per year
  • Be taking 6 but fewer than 12 credits per semester or 4 but fewer than 8 credits per trimester
  • Not be in default on a student loan or on any repayment of state awards
  • Meet income eligibility limitations

Aid for Part-Time Study Program (APTS)

The Aid for Part-Time Study Program provides grant assistance for eligible part-time students enrolled in approved undergraduate studies. Awards provide up to $2,000 per year and cannot exceed tuition charges.

Application Procedures

The student must complete an Aid for Part-Time Study application and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services by the last day of the add/drop period for the semester in which he or she is seeking an award. Signed photocopies of New York State tax returns from the prior year must be submitted along with the application.

Requirements and Responsibilities of the Recipient

Applicants must: 1) be working toward an undergraduate degree or enrolled in a registered certificate program; 2) enrolled as a part-time student for a minimum of three credits, but less than twelve; 3) maintain good academic standing; 4) be a resident of New York State; 5) be either a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen; 6) meet the income limits as defined on the HESC website http://www.hesc.org; 7) not have used all Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) eligibility; 8) have a tuition charge of at least $100 per year; and 9) not be in default of a Federal Family Education Loan.

Award Schedule

APTS awards cannot exceed the cost of tuition and are determined each semester by dividing the total program allocation by the number of qualified applicants who complete the application process by the deadline.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) funds are allocated on the basis of need to undergraduate students enrolled in Stony Brook's Advancement on Individual Merit (AIM) Program.

The AIM program provides an opportunity to attend college for capable students who have not had the same opportunity as others to realize their academic potential because of limited financial resources and inadequate academic preparation. To be admitted to the University through the AIM program, the applicant's high school academic performance must have been below the level normally used to determine admission to the University. In addition, the applicant must meet financial eligibility guidelines established by New York State and Stony Brook University.

A student who is admitted to the University through the AIM program is offered financial and personal counseling and is eligible to receive a range of academic support services. These services include tutoring, special academic advising, skills improvement activities, and special development classes and programs. At the same time, these students participate fully in all campus academic and social activities. Many students who enter complete a bachelor's degree program, and many continue their education in graduate and professional schools throughout the country.

For further information on EOP/AIM, contact:

The EOP/AIM Program W-3520 Library Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 11794-3375 Telephone: (631) 632-7090

VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) Education Incentive Program

Application Procedures

The student must complete a Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program application at his or her guard unit. The unit commander or other authorized representative determines and certifies (if eligible) the applicant's eligibility for this program. If certified, the applicant must bring the Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of Veterans Affairs at Stony Brook to register. The student is encouraged to make an appointment to review necessary documentation. Students may call the Office of Veterans Affairs at (631) 632-6700 for an appointment.

Note: This is a newly instituted program; procedures are subject to change. Further inquiries about the program should be directed to DMNA at (800) 356-0552.

Requirements and Responsibilities of Recipients

Participants in this program must be members of the Army/Air Guard or New York Naval Militia in good standing, having successfully completed initial active duty training or naval enlisted code training. The program is limited to undergraduate study.

The student must be matriculated and enrolled for a minimum of six credit hours per semester. Participants must be in good academic standing. Good academic standing is determined by the campus and is defined as not being on academic probation.

Participants are required to apply first for all available financial aid (FAFSA). Proof of application must be presented to DMNA.

Selection of Recipients and Allocation of Awards

The Education Incentive Program allows an eligible guard or militia member to receive tuition assistance equal to the amount of tuition costs remaining after all other student aid, except loans, is applied against the undergraduate in-state annual tuition of SUNY institutions up to $3,400 per academic year.

Award Schedule

The voucher amount is the current cost of tuition (excluding the college fees) at the institution minus any grants received through the Federal Pell Grant, New York State TAP, New York State Aid for Part-Time Study, ACES (Army Continuing Education System) program or other types of grants/programs. Benefits received under the Montgomery G.I. Bill Act of 1984 shall not be considered educational aid for purposes of this program.

Additional scholarship and grant programs administered by NY State are detailed on the HESC website (http://www.hesc.org).

Application Procedures

Students interested in applying for benefits under any of the VA educational assistance programs should contact the Office of Veterans Affairs, Administration Building Room 347, for applications, information, and assistance. Call (631) 632-6700 or visit http://www.studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/vets/

Services Available:

  • Guidance to veterans, veterans' dependents, and active duty service members in reference to eligibility requirements.
  • Assistance in obtaining a full or partial deferment of tuition, fees, and charges.
  • Assistance in completion of forms.
  • Forwarding of forms and supporting documentation to appropriate agencies.
  • Liaison between the University and the Veterans Administration to ensure student eligibility, enrollment, etc.
  • Coordination of a VA workstudy program.

Note: A student making an initial application for VA benefits should bring a certified copy of his or her DD-214 to the Office of Veterans Affairs. The student should maintain records of correspondence with the Veterans Administration, including a log of all payments received (i.e. date the checks were issued, amount, and period covered). The student is responsible for making arrangements for alternative means of payment for educational expenses (i.e., financial aid, loans, etc.) in the event that VA benefits are not received by the expected date.

The Montgomery G.I. Bill-Chapter 30

Eligibility for this program requires individuals to have served for two or three years of continuous active duty after July 1, 1985, and to have contributed $100 per month for the first 12 months of service. Entitlement accrues at the rate of one month for each month of active duty up to 36 months. Applications and benefits are processed through the VA Regional Office in Buffalo, NY. Eligible veterans generally have ten years from date of discharge or release from active duty in which to use these benefits. Post Vietnam-Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)-Chapter 32 is a voluntary contributory program for persons who served between January 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985. Under this program, the appropriate branch of the military will match the individual's contribution on a two-to-one basis. The maximum period of entitlement is 36 months.

Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance-Chapter 35

This program provides benefits to the spouses and children of veterans deemed "100-percent service disabled" and to the surviving spouses and children of veterans who died in service. Forty-five months of entitlement are permitted under this program.

Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Veterans-Chapter 31

Vocational rehabilitation is intended to help the service-disabled veteran select, prepare for, and secure employment that is compatible with his or her interests, abilities, physical capabilities, and goals. Entitlement may be provided for up to 48 months. An eligible veteran generally has 12 years from the date of discharge or release from active duty in which to use these benefits.

Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program-Chapter 1606

The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. This program provides benefits to individuals enlisting, re-enlisting, or extending their enlistment with the Selected Reserve or National Guard for six or more years of service. Entitlement is for a maximum of 36 months or the equivalent in part-time training.

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)-Chapter 1607

The Reserve Education Assistance Program (REAP) provides education assistance to Guard and Reservists who have served 90 days or more in a contingency operation after September 11, 2001. Basic Eligibility Criteria determined by the Department of Defense and Homeland Security for this program: Individual must: 1) have been called to active duty under federal authority for a contingency operation as determined by Congress or the President, 2) have served on active duty in a contingency operation for at least 90 continuous days after September 11, 2001, and 3) remain within your component to use benefits. Each service member has 36 months of full-time entitlement. VA Educational Benefits begin after the 90-day minimum service period is completed. There is no time limit for using benefits, provided you remain within your component.

Note: Once you leave your component or are discharged (except for disability), you are no longer eligible for REAP Chapter 1607 benefits.

For more information on VA Educational programs and benefits, please visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/

Division of Military and Naval Affairs (DMNA) Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program (RIRP)

Application Procedures

The student must complete a Recruitment Incentive and Retention Program application at his or her reserve or guard unit. Eligible service members must apply to a New York State institution of higher learning for admission and complete admission requirements. For every semester, he or she must apply for all available student financial aid. Proof of financial aid is required for each semester (e.g., TAP Award Certificate and Student Aid Report (SAR). In addition, he or she must complete DMNA RIRP Memorandum of Understanding and DMNA Form 96-1 every semester. The unit commander or other authorized representative determines and certifies (if eligible) the applicant's eligibility for this program.

Army National Guard (ARNG) Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Program (Previously known as the ACES Program)

The New York Army National Guard (ARNG) Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) helps soldiers pursue their civilian education goals. ARNG FTA can be applied to a course or program taken at a regionally or nationally accredited, public or private, college, university, vocational, technical, or trade school located inside or outside of New York. The ARNG Federal TA program may also fund clock hours for vocational and technical training courses and certificates offered by non-degree-granting accredited institutions.

For more information regarding required documents, you can visit the Web site at  http://www.dmna.state.ny.us/education/ For more information, please contact your Educational Service Represen¬tative, call DMNA at (518) 786-4937/4350, or e-mail education@ny.ngb.army.mil

Note: The procedures of this program are subject to change. To schedule an appointment with the Office of Veterans Affairs, please call (631) 632-6700.

Army Reserves Tuition Assistance (TA)

Application Procedures

Each eligible service member must go to http://www.goarmy.com/reserve/benefits.html and log into his or her AKO account. Each applicant must complete DA Form 2171E-R electronically by entering his or her information, school information, degree plan, program major, and course information. Print, review, and sign the Statement of Understanding form, the Recoupment Acknowledgement form, and the DA Form 2171E-R. The service member must obtain the appropriate signature from his or her unit commander or designated unit representative. Completed forms must be mailed or faxed with a tuition/fees statement, class schedule, degree plan, and grades from the previous semester to: HQ USASOC, ATTN: Education Services, Bldg. E-2929, 1 Desert Storm Drive, Fort Bragg, NC 28310 or fax at (910) 432-8935.

For more information, please contact the USASOC Counselor Support Staff at (910) 432-6055/1958/0941.