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What is a FAFSA form and why do I need to complete one?

All U.S. students who wish to be considered for financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Financial aid offices at educational institutions use the FAFSA to determine if you are eligible for grants, loans, and work-study programs. You MUST file a new FAFSA every year in order to be considered for financial aid. These forms are available in January. 

FAFSA Deadlines: For federal aid, submit your application as early as possible, but no earlier than Jan. 1 of the year you plan to attend college. It is advised that students file between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14; FAFSA applications must be received by June 30 for students to be eligible for federal aid.   For state aid, the deadline for FAFSA applications is May 1.

The quickest way to apply is online at www.fafsa.ed.gov . If you need assistance, call 800.433.3243 between 8 a.m. and midnight, EST. 

When filling out the FAFSA you will be asked for the Federal Title IV school code. NYIT’s code is 002782. If you are a New York State resident you may also be eligible to apply for grant money known as TAP (Tuition Assistance Program). Undergraduate students applying for TAP must be enrolled full time (12 credits); the TAP school code for NYIT undergraduate students is 2120. NYIT graduate students applying for TAP must also be enrolled in 12 credits. The graduate student TAP school code is 5455.

Learn more about scholarships and other forms of financial aid available to students.