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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 on the StudentAid.gov website. 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

FIT FAFSA Code: 002866
New York State - FIT TAP Codes:   AAS Program-2070  BA/BFA/BS - 0975

Step One: Complete the FAFSA Online

As part of the application process, both you and your parent, if you are dependent, will need apply for an FSA ID.  Students, parents and borrowers must create a username and password combination in order to sign your  FAFSA online and to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites.  While you can get your FSA ID as you are completing your FAFSA, we recommend getting it ahead of time to start your FAFSA application and cut down on errors and delays.  

The FSA ID Process consists of three main steps:

1.  Enter your log-in information.

  • Provide your email, a unique username, and password and verify you are at least 13 years old.

2.  Enter your personal information.

  • Provide answers to five challenge questions.
  • Include your mailing address, email address, telephone number, and language preference.
  • Provide your Social Security number, name, and date of birth. When you create your FSA ID, be careful to enter your name and Social Security number exactly as they appear on your Social Security card.

3.  Submit your FSA ID information.

  • Agree to the terms and conditions.
  • Verify your email address.
    (Note:  By verifying your email address, you can use your email address as your username when logging into certain U.S. Department of Education websites.)
  • Agree to the terms and conditions.

Gather Documents You Need to Apply: 

The FAFSA questions ask for information about you (your name, date of birth, address, etc.) and about your financial situation.

  • Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form!)
  • Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student.
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one
  • Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents if you are a dependent student: IRS 1040
  • Foreign tax return, IRS 1040NR, or IRS 1040NR-EZ
  • Tax return for Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or Republic of Palau.
  • FIT's federal code - 002866

Records of your untaxed income, such as child support received, interest income, and veterans noneducation benefits, for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student

Information on cash; savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds and real estate (but not including the home in which you live); and business and farm assets for you, and for your parents if you are a dependent student.

We urge you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing your FAFSA. 

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

The easiest way to apply for TAP is through the FAFSA. Make sure you have completed your FAFSA.

New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page.

If you exited the FAFSA before you could complete the TAP application, HESC will automatically receive your information in about three days, if you filled in your New York State address and a New York State college on your FAFSA. HESC will send you an email or postcard with directions for you to complete the TAP application online.

If you received this notice, you can apply  now on the HESC website.

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 your
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.  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 myfit.fitnyc.edu in the Financial Aid Resources Section. See instructions on how to view your messages and any other financial aid requirements.

FIT takes various measures to protect personal data, including fulfilling its obligations under federal, state, and local law, as well as under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation to the extent it is applicable. The GDPR provides protections for various information and records while a person is located in the EU. FIT provides notice to students, employees, and website users of what type of data FIT processes and how and why that data is used and shared through information posted on the GDPR page of FIT’s Privacy website. Please review the applicable notice(s) carefully. The Privacy website also contains useful information about other privacy policies, such as FERPA and Information Technology’s Privacy Policy, and terms and conditions for the use of the FIT website and social media.

 

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