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Reminder: Complete your 2013-2014 FAFSA

The Financial Aid Office of Ellis College of NYIT would like to remind you that the 2012-2013 school year has ended and that the new 2013-2014 FAFSA application is now available. If you plan on using Federal Aid for the 2013-2014 school year which begins on July 1, 2013, it is suggested that you act now and complete your FAFSA application using your 2012 federal tax form or use the new IRS Data Retrieval tool. Some federal aid programs are limited in funds and will be distributed to those students who qualify and have completed their FAFSA on a first come first served basis. Please act now and complete your 2013-2014 FAFSA application to ensure speedy processing. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 1.888.847.1220.

Submit all required Financial Aid documents for 2013-14 award year

In order for us to process your financial aid for the 2013-14 aid year timely, we will need you to complete and send all required financial aid documents as soon as possible. You can send them as an email attachment or fax them to us. If you were asked to complete your MPN (Master Promissory Note) and Entrance Interview, please go to www.studentloans.gov and complete these two forms. When these steps are completed, please call us and let us know and we will expedite the processing and send your Financial Aid package.

  • Our email address is ellisfinaid@nyit.edu.
  • 1-888-809-0136 or 1-1516-686-7997, attn: Ellis College Financial Aid.

Financial Aid

Ellis College of NYIT participates in federal and state financial aid programs including: New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), and the National Science and Math Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART).

Ellis College of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) will be processing all federal student loans through the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. The Federal Direct Loan Program is more straightforward and easier to navigate for students, enables faster processing and turnaround time, and perhaps most importantly, has many economic advantages for borrowers in comparison to the FFELP. For more information, please see our Ellis College Loans page.

Many of our students use financial aid to help with their college costs. Our friendly Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid process, and we look forward to answering your questions. We've helped many students just like you in the past. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For Important Updates:
See Ellis College Forms

Frequently Asked Financial Aid Questions

Q. What's the difference between a Federal Stafford loan and a private loan?
A. A Federal Stafford loan is a low interest federal educational loan that does not require a credit check. A private loan may have higher interest and fees, which are determined by the student's or co-borrower's credit history.

Q. How do I apply for federal financial aid?
A. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the single application needed to apply for all sources of federal aid. The FAFSA can be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It helps to complete the FAFSA with a PIN (electronic signature) to expedite the process. A PIN can be obtained by visiting www.pin.ed.gov.

Q. Where can I find tuition and fee information?
A. Students should contact the Bursar's office at NYIT to find out information regarding tuition and fees. Call 800.405.5844, option 4.

Q. What is financial aid?
A. Financial aid refers to federal, state, and private resources that may help pay for college costs. Typically, financial aid consists of grants, scholarships, and loans. Grants and scholarships do not have to be repaid. Loans must be repaid with payments usually beginning after the student is no longer enrolled at least half time. Student employment consists of opportunities for students to earn money to pay for educational expenses.

Q. When do I have to repay my loans?
A. Repayment on most student loans will begin after the student is no longer enrolled at least half time. The subsidized Federal Stafford Loans do not accrue interest while the student is enrolled at least half time. Interest may accrue on other loans even while the student is enrolled. Check with the Financial Aid Office at

Finanical aid officers can help explain the differences in the types of loans. In all cases, loans must be repaid regardless of whether you complete the program or are satisfied with your educational experience. Failure to repay your loans can result in serious consequences and negatively impact your ability to obtain credit in the future.

Q. Why do I have to provide parent information on my FAFSA?
A. Students are considered dependent or independent for financial aid purposes based on criteria established by Congress. Parents of dependent students must provide their financial information in order to determine eligibility for the various federal aid programs. Check with our Financial Aid Office to determine your dependency status if you are unsure.

Q. Why would a parent borrow from a Federal PLUS loan instead of a co-signing on a private loan in the student's name?
A. Federal PLUS loans are federal loans with lower interest rates than many private loans. Parents who co-sign on a private loan are just as responsible for repaying the loan (usually at higher rates). In other words, whether the parent borrows from a Federal PLUS loan or co-signs for a private loan, their financial responsibility is the same.

Q. How often do I have to reapply for aid?
A. Students must reapply for federal and state aid each award year. Typically, students should reapply for aid as soon as possible after January 1; however, check with our Financial Aid Office to determine if there are other deadline dates that affect you.

Q. What is a PIN?
A. A PIN is a Personal Identification Number that can be used as an electronic signature. It makes filing for aid quick and easy. PINs are private and should never be shared with anyone.

Q. What's the difference between a grant and a loan?
A. A grant is free money that does not have to be repaid. Loans must always be repaid regardless of whether you complete the program or are satisfied with your educational experience. Failure to repay your loans can result in serious consequences and negatively impact your ability to obtain credit in the future.

Q. What forms or other information do I need?
A. Students (and parents of dependent students) will refer to their most recent tax return when applying for financial aid. Documentation on other sources of income including social security benefits, unemployment compensation, and veteran's benefits, will be needed. Information on the value of assets is also required. Examples of assets include checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds, certificates of deposits, mutual funds, real estate (other than the family home), businesses, and farms.

Q. How do I contact the Financial Aid Office for Ellis College of NYIT?
A. Ellis College of NYIT Financial Aid Office

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