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How to Apply for Financial Aid

FIT, like most colleges and universities, uses a common application process the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid or FAFSA. Students must reapply each academic year to establish eligibility and for consideration for awards.  Students are strongly encouraged to adhere to the financial aid filing dates for priority consideration.

Note: New Federal Regulation have changed the verification requirements.  We urge you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA.

Step One: Complete the FAFSA Online

File the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at As part of the application process, you and your parent, if you are dependent, will apply for an FSA ID which will be used as your electronic signature.*

Beginning May 10, 2015 the Federal Student Aid PIN will be replaced with the FSA ID a username and password that students, parents and borrowers must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites.

The FSA ID Process consists of three main steps:
  1. Enter your log-in information.
    • Provide your e-mail, a unique username, and password and verify you are at least 13 years old.
  2. Enter your personal information.
    • Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth.
    • Include your mailing address, e-mail address, telephone number, and language preference.
    • Provide answers to five challenge questions.
  3. Submit your FSA ID information.
    • Agree to the terms and conditions.
    • Verify your e-mail address.
      (Note:  By verifying your e-mail address, you can use your e-mail address as your username when logging into certain U.S. Department of Education websites.
Your FSA ID will replace your PIN as the way to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information through certain U.S. Department of Education websites. When logging in to these websites, you will be required to enter only your FSA ID username and password.

FIT's federal code - 002866 - must be indicated on the application.

Step Two: Complete the TAP Application New York State Residents Only

New York State residents should also complete the application for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) through this site after completing the FAFSA or may go to The FAFSA must be completed first before going to this site.

FIT's New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Codes are:

Lower Division (all Associate Degree students) - 2070
Upper Division (all Bachelor Degree students) - 0975

Step Three: Review and Respond to Student Aid Report

You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the federal processor. This form should be reviewed to make sure that the information is correct. You can make corrections online at  If you haven't already done so, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to upload and correct all income information.

Financial Aid Services will email and mail you any requests for documents and/or other information. Respond immediately to all requests to avoid delays. If no response is received, your file will be made inactive and we will be unable to process your application until the documents are submitted.  You may also check your status and see any document requirements on the FIT Portal in the Financial Aid Resources Section. To see instructions on how to view your messages and any other financial aid requirements, click here.

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