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How to Apply

Financial Aid

How to Apply

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

To apply for Federal financial aid, from the United States government, a student must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

The FAFSA is used to apply for the following federal financial aid programs:

  1. Federal Pell Grant

  2. Federal Work-Study

  3. Federal Perkins Loan

  4. William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan

  5. Federal SEOG (Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant)

  6. Federal TEACH grant

Note: Students applying for the NY state SEEK program must also file a FAFSA. Also, it may be required in order to qualify for certain scholarships.

Students and parents are required to obtain an "FSA ID" before they can complete and electronically sign a FAFSA.

There are two basic ways to file a FAFSA:

1. Submit a FAFSA via the Internet, at   
    This is the easiest and quickest way to submit a FAFSA. 
     In approximately one week, students will receive an email, with a link, to view their FAFSA results, this is
     called the Student Aid Report (SAR).

2. Students who want to file a paper FAFSA by mail must print the application from Print a FAFSA.

    Students will receive a SAR in the mail in approximately three weeks.

The SAR is a report that summarizes the FAFSA information and indicates a student's Expected Family contribution (EFC). The EFC determines the amount of Federal Pell grant funds a student may qulify for.   It is also used to determine eligibility for other "need based" federal programs, such as Work-Study, SEOG, Subsidized  Direct loans and Perkins loans.

Every SAR includes a "Comments" page. It is important for a student to read this section completely, to see if there are any documents that must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office. Required documents should be submitted as soon as possible to avoid processing delays. Documents submitted must be photocopies, since they will become part of a student's permanent file and will not be returned.

If one of the comments on a student's SAR indicates that they have been selected for "Verification", no federal aid will be disbursed until the process is completed.  Verification forms can be printed from the Financial Aid website.

Again, it is important to submit documents in a timely fashion so that any necessary corrections to the FAFSA can be made. A delay in submitting documents may cause a delay in the disbursement of financial aid funds. Students who do not receive their SAR as expected should call 800 4-FEDAID, (800 - 433-3243), to check on the status of their FAFSA.


To apply for TAP (Tuition Assistance Program), or APTS (Aid for Part-time Study) which is financial aid from New York State a student must file a separate application.

The first step in the TAP application process is the completion of the FAFSA. When you get to the FAFSA on the Web "Confirmation Page", there will be a link for New York State residents to complete an application for TAP.

If you are not using the Internet to file a FAFSA, you will be mailed a TAP application several weeks after the FAFSA has been processed. You must submit a FAFSA and TAP application before June 30, 2016 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Note: Some continuing students who have previously received TAP will not be required to file a TAP application. These students will automatically receive a CUNY supplemental financial aid form in the mail.

City College of New York TAP Code - 1411 (Undergraduate students, only)

For more information regarding TAP/APTS and additional types of New York State financial aid go to: New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

Remember: All application processing and correction requirements must be completed before a TAP and/or Pell Grant can be used for tuition bill payment. Students with confirmed federal PELL grants will receive Pell book advances at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Updated 2/4/16