How to Apply for Financial Aid
Watch the Federal Student Aid video below for a great overview of the financial aid process.
Be sure to check out this playlist for more helpful videos and tips from the Department of Education.
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Step 1: Create an FSA ID
Your FSA ID gives you access to all federal student aid programs, including the FAFSA, and serves as your electronic signature.
When: As soon as you begin the college application process.
Step 2: Complete and file your FAFSA online
Our Federal School Code: 002782.
FAFSA determines your eligibility both for government-sponsored aid and for the more than $40 million in grants and scholarships the university awards every year.
- February 15: Priority Deadline for New Students
- June 30: Federal Aid Deadline
File anytime after Oct. 1 to maximize your financial aid eligibility, especially if you plan on being a full-time student.
Step 3: New York State Residents—Complete your TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) application
Our TAP Codes:
Undergraduate = 2120
Graduate = 5455
Complete your FAFSA online, then link directly from your FAFSA confirmation page to apply for TAP. If you do not complete the TAP application immediately after completing your FAFSA, wait approximately three days for your FAFSA to be processed and then apply for TAP.
Note: TAP is for New York State undergraduate students only and you must indicate a New York school on the TAP application to get an estimated award. There is only room for one NYS college to be listed on the TAP application. If you link to the TAP application directly from your FAFSA, NYS HESC will use the first NYS college listed on your FAFSA. You can update the college code online or by calling NYS HESC at 888.697.4372.
Graduate students must use the graduate code to apply for New York State veteran-related and other state aid.
Deadline: June 30
Step 4: Receive and review your Federal Student Aid Report (SAR).
The SAR provides a summary of the information you reported on the FAFSA. If any corrections are requested, make them online immediately.
Step 5: Verification: Don't worry. It's not you, it's them.
Your FAFSA may be randomly selected for verification of the information you've reported—a process the federal government uses to monitor the accuracy of the system. If so, we'll ask you to complete a Verification Worksheet and submit certain documentation (e.g. federal tax return transcripts or W-2s) to the Office of Financial Aid for review.
Step 6: Receive and review your Financial Assistance Plan
We'll notify you by email or mail as soon as we've prepared your financial aid package. This is typically a combination of federal, state, and institutional scholarships, grants, work-study opportunities, and/or low-interest loans. New students will be able to review their package in their Admitted Student Portal. Once deposited, students can sign in to the Student Service HUB—Your Home for University Business—to view a detailed description of your Financial Assistance Plan. You must accept, reduce, or decline all or any part of the proposed aid package online.
When: Upon receiving your Financial Assistance Plan.
Step 7: Turn in any final documentation required.
You may need to submit additional documentation depending on the types of aid you have accepted. Required documents will be listed on your Student Service HUB To Do List with instructions on where and how to submit them.
To submit documents and forms to the Office of Financial Aid, please use the secure document submission portal:
Step 8: Consider other sources and solutions
Additional scholarships, grants, and/or loans from outside sources or private organizations may be available if you need additional resources to cover your cost of attendance. You may also enroll in an interest-free, tuition payment plan through the Office of the Bursar.
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