August 10, 2022

School District State Aid Designees
BOCES District Superintendents (For Information)

Storme Sing-Wai
Bureau Chief

Release of 2022-23 State Aid Management System (SAMS), including the ST-3 Annual Financial Report

Pursuant to NYS Education Law §3601, the ST-3 Annual Financial Report and State Aid Claim Form Sets A, FT and FB are due Friday, September 2nd, 2022.

Important Changes for the 2022-23 SAMS Claim Year Reporting

Form Set A – Attendance

  • Sch A5 – Days of Session Matrix
    Line 5 has been updated to allow for the reporting of Emergency Declarations Cancelling Session Days. Line 4 will continue to be for the reporting of Extraordinary Conditions resulting in school closure. Both closure types need to meet the requirements as noted and should be reported on Schedule A8 (Extraordinary Condition and State of Emergency Requiring Closure Days). Please note these days will NOT show up on Sch A5 to add to your district’s total number of days (line 6) until districts submit required documentation, SED reviews the submission, and SED approves the days. Also, lines excusing days for half-day kindergarten have been removed as those classes should use Sch A8 (the same as any other grade).
  • Sch A8 – Extraordinary Condition and State of Emergency Requiring Closure Days
    The instructions on this form have been updated with the requirements for reporting both Extraordinary Condition Days and Emergency Declarations Cancelling Session Days, as well as the qualifying requirements for each.

180 Days Calendar – Attendance

  • 180 Days Calendar Waiver Form
    There is another waiver application for the 2021-2022 school year. Your district may have already received this waiver for the 2021-2022 school year, either with the four year waiver in 2019-2020 SAMS, or with the two year waiver in 2021-2022 SAMS. If your district already applied and was approved for this 2021-2022 school year waiver, please select the N/A option. If your district did not previously apply and receive this waiver, please select Yes to apply or No to decline.
  • 180 Days Calendar Edit Report
    There is now a 180 Days Calendar Edit Report. Please be sure to run this report and respond to any/all edits, then Save and Ready the report (along with the 180 Days Calendar Form and 180 Days Calendar Waiver Form) to enable the Superintendent to certify the 180 Days Calendar Form Set.

Form Set FB – Building and Misc.

  • Building Condition Survey (BCS): BCS actual and projected square footage & expenditure data should be reported on Form FB Lines 138 & 139. Please note the following restrictions:

    • Only districts on SED Office of Facilities Planning 2021 and 2022 BCS assignment list and NYC can apply for 2022-23 BCS aid.

    • Only districts on SED Office of Facilities Planning 2022 and 2023 BCS assignment lists and NYC can report 2022-23 projections.

  • Form FB Schedule W: The form for claiming aid on water testing should only include water testing expenditures in 2022-23 SAMS.

  • Form FB Interest Rate Reduction Waiver Application Form: After several years of deferred implementation, the provision reducing interest rates after ten years was put in effect in 2017-18 SAMS. The information requested on this form will impact waivers for your projected and actual 2023-24 aid. Please be sure to complete this form.

Form Set FT – Transportation

Bus Purchase
  • The automated Bus Purchase Approval system was added to 2017-18 SAMS (SAMS BP). Please do not submit any paper SA-16 forms to SED for buses purchased after 6/30/17. SED will not process these, as districts will be entering them into the SAMS bus purchase form.

  • The Bus Purchase Ceiling Max was updated to include Zero Emission Buses with a purchase order date on or after 7/1/2022.

  • Transportation Aid on Zero Emission Buses purchased or leased on or after 7/1/2022 will be amortized over 12 years (versus 5 years for non Zero Emission Buses).

Federal ARP & CRRSA Funding
  • Two new lines were added to Form FT (lines 180 & 181) to account for transportation expenditures funded by ARP and/or CRRSA. SAMS Help has been updated to include guidance for these new lines.

Form Set ST-3

All changes to the 2022-23 SAMS ST-3 can be found on the ST-3 Information page.

Below are some of the significant changes:

  • Specify-Only Edits
    For those accounts/lines of the ST-3 Form Sets that now include a specify text box to explain or add detail, an edit will now trigger if an amount is entered in the line but no information is included in the corresponding/related specify text box.
  • GASB 87
    To comply with the requirements of GASB 87, OSC added lease-related accounts for various ST-3 Form Sets.
  • All ST-3 Edits were revised for consistency in terms of layout and content

Important Reminders

  1. If you issued debt between 7/1/21 and 6/30/22 for purchasing school buses, please complete and certify Form set F6 by Friday, September 2, 2022 even if none of your other SAMS forms are complete.
  2. Please check that all contact information on the SAMS entity screen is up-to-date, including extension numbers and email addresses.

Less than Eight Teacher Districts

If your district is currently classified as a "less than eight teacher" district but you anticipate the possibility of claiming State Aid and/or becoming a "major district" at any time in the near future you should begin submitting state aid claim forms now. This is because many aid calculations depend upon data from two to three prior years.

SAMS General Instructions & Passwords

SAMS can be accessed from the State Aid Web site at or from the main New York State Education Department home page at (look for the Portal Login at the upper right of this page).

Districts should use SEDDAS (State Education Department Delegated Account System) to create, disable accounts or reset passwords. For procedures for a new superintendent's account/password go to

For detailed SAMS operating instructions/training materials go to the SAMS Information Tab on the State Aid web site. The SAMS Training Manual, Frequently Asked Questions about SAMS, "Introduction to State Aid Management System" slide show and other important tips for working in SAMS can be found there.

Certification Requirements

An electronic certification form for each form set must be completed by the Superintendent to submit State Aid claim forms. By certifying a form set, the Superintendent’s action constitutes his or her official submission of that data to SED. The electronic signature is the legal equivalent of a handwritten signature.

As a reminder, an attestation was added to the SAMS ST-3 certification Affidavit of Superintendent or Chancellor: As of 2017-18 SAMS, the certification affidavit includes an attestation that the reported expenditures on ST-3 Supplemental Schedule SS-8 (Community Schools Set-aside Expenditures) will be, with the exception of CSGI Cohort 1 funds, used to supplement and not supplant district expenditures for eligible programs and services.

The Office of the State Comptroller also requires the ST-3 Annual Financial Report certification page to be completed and mailed to the address shown below. Please do not send this form to the Education Department. This form should be signed by the treasurer and returned to the Office of the State Comptroller at the following address:

Office of the State Comptroller
Local Government and School Accountability
Data Management Unit 12-8-C
110 State Street
Albany, NY 12236-0001
Attention: Edward Burgess

Timely Submission of Claim Data: INITIAL CERTIFIED SUBMISSION

  • All SAMS Form Sets must be certified by September 2nd. District superintendents and public-school superintendents are requested to supervise the completion and timely submission of the aid claim and projections by the school districts for which each is responsible. Since late filing of required forms will delay payment of State Aid, every effort should be made to meet the specified due date

  • Payments can take a week to prepare and are required to be submitted to the Office of the State Comptroller two weeks prior to the mandated payment date. Therefore, claims should be submitted three weeks prior to a mandated payment date (e.g., claim data must be submitted by September 25th for a payment to be made on or before October 16th in order to ensure that the payment due will be received in October).

  • If all required reports are not received by September 2nd, the school district will receive automated reminders that State Aid apportionments payable to the school district, other than payments to the Teachers Retirement System on the district's behalf, will be withheld pursuant to Section 3604(11) of the Education Law pending receipt of all reports due. Automated reminders will be sent to the State Aid Designee first. Subsequent reminders will also include the school superintendent, the district superintendent, and the president of the board of education.

  • Please do not wait for completion of your independent audit in order to submit your ST-3 and other claim forms! All form sets can be submitted separately, and all data can be revised multiple times after submission.

Timely Submission of Claim Data: REVISIONS AFTER CERTIFICATION

Throughout the legislative cycle each year the Governor and the Legislature use districts and BOCES State Aid claims and projections to predict the fiscal impact of various legislative proposals affecting school aid formulas. The resulting predictions of fiscal impact are only as accurate as the data that has been filed with the Education Department.

School districts and BOCES should review and revise SAMS data as necessary. Review should be timed to be consistent with Section 305(21)(b) of the Education Law which requires the Commissioner of Education to update that data used by the Governor and the Legislature on November 15, February 15 and May 15. In order for the Education Department to process all data revisions and corrections prior to each of these data updates, revisions and corrections should be submitted no later than the following specified dates

Table of Dates for Electronic Data File Updates
Date of Electronic Data File Update for the Governor and Legislature Principal Purpose of the
Data File
Revisions in the Education Department by:
November 15 Executive Budget Proposal November 1 *
February 15 Budget Negotiations and Enacted Budget January 15
May 15 Updated Enacted Budget projections and June current year aid payments. April 15

*This is a deadline for revisions to already submitted claims, not the deadline for original submission, which pursuant to NYS Education Law is Thursday, September 2nd, 2022. In addition, due to lengthier processing time, revisions to capital project costs, SA-139 forms and STAC data should be submitted by mid-October to affect the November 15th data file.

Submission of the Independent Audit Report

The report of the annual audit of the school district's records by an independent certified public accountant or an independent public accountant (Independent Audit Report) is due in the Department on October 15, 2021 for districts other than the five large dependent city school districts.

Please note that upon receipt of the Independent Audit Report, the district must reconcile its financial reports and implement any audit recommendations. Any resulting revisions to the ST-3 or the State Aid forms must be submitted via SAMS to the State Education Department.

The Independent Audit Report should be submitted using the NYSED Portal (NYSED Portal Tutorial). For more information on submission of the Independent Audit Report see the Office of Audit Service’s website.

Any questions related to submissions of the Independent Audit should be submitted to

To verify that receipt of the independent audit has been logged into SAMS, select the "SED Only" form set from the menu, choose the Independent Audit Form and confirm that the date independent audit received has been entered by SED Audit Services.

Questions Regarding Please Call or email
SAMS/SAMS Problems State Aid Office: (518) 474-2977
RSU Rate Setting Unit (518) 474-3227
CPSE STAC Unit (518) 474-7116
Login/User Id Help SEDDAS Help Desk (518) 473-8832
Other Questions State Aid Staff Assignments Functional Directory
State Aid Unit at (518) 474-2977
Last Updated: August 15, 2022