Financial Aid Getting Started

WHEN TO APPLY

It is important to apply early for financial aid. Our priority date for the Fall semester is May 1 and for the Spring semester is October 1. If you have missed these dates, apply immediately. You must reapply forfinancial aid every year. 

HOW TO APPLY

Follow the steps below to apply for federal and state financial aid:

1.     Go to FSA ID to apply for your FSA ID (username & password). You will use this to sign your FAFSA, complete loan documents, etc. Also, if you are a dependent student at least one parent must have a FSA ID, too.

 VIDEO: HOW TO CREATE YOUR FSA USER ID

2.     Complete your federal financial aid application FAFSA APPLICATION. Our federal code is 002863.

3.     If you are a NYS resident, look for the link on the FAFSA confirmation page to apply for NYS grants. Our TAP code is 2042.

4.     Be sure to submit any additional documentation we may request once we receive the results of your FAFSA.

5.     Watch for your award letter and complete any additional requirements needed for payment of your awards.


Remember there are many factors that affect your financial aid such as your enrollment status (full-time or part-time), academic progress, etc.  Be sure to ask questions if you don’t understand how these factors may affect your future eligibility.