Applying for financial aid begins by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov. New York State residents who expect to be enrolled full-time should also complete the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application. For Tompkins Cortland Community College, the college codes are FAFSA: 006788 and TAP: 2260.
You should file for financial aid after January 1, 2016 for the 2016-2017 school year. You can file for financial aid before or after you file for admission to the college. You will be notified of your financial aid eligibility after you have been accepted to the college. Financial aid eligibility is determined on an annual basis. You must apply each academic year of your college career. Our priority filing deadline is March 1st. Students who meet the March 1st priority filing deadline are considered for FSEOG and work-study; two federal programs with very limited funding.
Tompkins Cortland starts awarding financial aid around the end of March for the upcoming academic year. The first round of awards are given to students who have met our March 1st priority filing deadline. FAFSAs received after March 1st are awarded FSEOG and work-study based on fund availability. All eligible students are considered for Pell Grant and TAP as long as the FAFSA was received prior to the last day of classes for the term the student attended.
Apply for financial aid in three simple steps:
Get a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
You will need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) to apply for financial aid and to complete certain documents required for specific aid programs. You can apply for your FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov. Parents of dependent students will also need a FSA ID. If you need help applying for an FSA ID the federal government has created a video to assist you.
Complete the FAFSA
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is required to determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant, Direct Student Loans, Work Study, and Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) programs. The College's priority deadline for FSEOG and work-study is March 1st.
Complete the TAP Application
New York State residents who expect to be enrolled full-time should also complete the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application. A FAFSA must be completed before a TAP application can be filed. New York State residents who lists at least one NYS school on their FAFSA will have the option to link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page. Select the link that says “START YOUR STATE APPLICATION NOW.” If you do not complete your TAP application when you get this link you must wait 3-4 business days for New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to receive the information from your FAFSA. The TAP application is available online at www.tapweb.org.
The documents you need to apply for financial aid
The FAFSA asks for certain information about you and your financial situation. You may need the following documents to complete the 2016-2017 FAFSA application process.
- Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID) for the student and parent, if dependent (Learn more about the FSA ID)
- Student's social security card
- Student’s alien registration card, (Permanent Residents only)
- Student’s 2015 W2 forms, 1099’s and other records of income received during 2015
- Student’s and spouse, if married, 2015 Federal and NYS Tax Returns
- Parents’ 2015 Federal and NYS Tax returns
- Student’s and parents’ records of other untaxed income such as child support, interest income, veteran non-education benefits, military or clergy allowances, etc.
- Student’s and parents’ information on cash, savings and checking account balances; investments, including stocks and bonds, and real estate other than your primary place of residence
- Student’s and parents 2015 business or farm records, if applicable
Eligibility requirements for federal student aid
Minimum basic eligibility criteria for federal student aid require a student to:
- Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
- Have a valid social security number
- Have a valid high school diploma or its equivalency
- Be registered with Selective Service, required for all males between the ages of 18 and 25
- Matriculate at Tompkins Cortland and enroll for a minimum of six credit hours
Students should submit their applications for admission and financial aid at the same time. Learn more about the eligibility criteria for federal student aid.
Eligibility requirements for New York State aid
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen (excludes World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship, Flight 587 and 3407 Memorial Scholarships)
- Be a legal resident of New York State (excludes World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship, Flight 587 and 3407 Memorial Scholarships)
- Study at an approved postsecondary school in New York State
- Have a valid high school diploma, GED or a New York State recognized equivalency
- Be enrolled as a full-time student taking 12 or more credits per semester
- Be matriculated in an approved program of study at Tompkins Cortland
- Not be in default on any federal student loan or on any repayment of a New York State award
- Meet income eligibility limitations.