Financial Aid

Useful Sites and Info

U.S. Department of Education

For questions regarding the processing of your FAFSA application or to request a copy of your SAR, call 1-319-337-5665 (not a toll free number). To obtain general information regarding Federal Student Aid call 1-800-4-FEDAID (1-800-433-3243) or click here.

The Federal Student Aid PIN was replaced with the FSA ID on May 10, 2015. The FSA ID consists of a user-created username and password to electronically access personal information on Federal Student Aid Web sites, including FAFSA on the Web. You can use your FSA ID immediately to sign your FAFSA, but must wait for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify your information before you can use the FSA ID to create a renewal FAFSA, make corrections to your FAFSA, or view your SAR. You (and one of your parents, if required) must use your FSA ID in order to sign in to any federal financial aid sites (such as to complete loan counseling or sign your promissory note). Your FSA ID is your electronic signature for your FAFSA. You can create your FSA ID now, or when you log in to complete your FAFSA. The FSA ID has the same legal status as a written signature. Be sure to save your information, because you will need to use it every time you sign in. DO NOT share it with anyone. If you want more information about the FSA ID, you can find the answers to frequently asked questions here.

To complete a FAFSA application on the Web or to make electronic corrections (consult with the Financial Aid Office before making any corrections) to an already submitted FAFSA, click here. For technical assistance regarding FAFSA on the Web, call 1-800-557-7394. For TDD (hearing-impaired assistance) call 1-800-730-8913.

Your Federal Direct Loan Servicer can answer questions regarding your Direct Loan's deferment, forbearance, outstanding balance and repayment status.

If you are interested consolidating one or more of your existing Direct Loan(s) into a a single loan, please see the Direct Loan Consolidation website.

Repayment of Direct Loans are made to the servicer of your loan(s). Click here for a listing of servicers and their contact information.

For more information visit the Direct Loans website, or was designed by students for students and features first-person accounts of students who overcame challenges to going to college such as peer pressure, lack of family support, and financial barriers. It provides relevant, comprehensive information about why to go, how to go, and how to pay for college.

Federal Debt Collection Services

Borrowers of any kind of federal student loan can find out who is handling the account and where to send payments by calling Debt Collection Services at 1-800-621-3115.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):
    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
    • Accrediting organizations;
    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

    Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

    For additional information or technical assistance, you may call (202)260-3887 (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339.

    New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

    NYHESC can give you information regarding your TAP application's status as well as general information on N.Y. State scholarships and other aid. Its telephone number is 1-888-697-4372. To inquire regarding the status your TAP application via the Internet, click here.

    For a comprehensive listing of the NY State grants, scholarships and special awards offered through HESC, visit the HESC web site.

    If you have yet to apply for TAP, you may obtain an accurate estimate of what your TAP award may be click here: TAP Award Estimator.

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    The Internet's most informative and comprehensive compilation of financial aid application tips and strategies, is available at the following web site: Smart Student guide.

    New York State Financial Aid Administrator Association

    NYSFAAA offers additional financial aid information and advice through its web site. Click here to visit.

    The Internal Revenue Service

    To request a tax return transcript and W-2 statement for yourself and/or your parent(s), go to the IRS website and follow the instructions, or call 1-800-908-9946. Please allow ample time to recieve your documents. If you visit one of the local IRS offices, you may be able to pick it up the same day.  Please note that the IRS will not give you a copy of your parents' tax return transcript. Your parents must appear in person to obtain copies of their documents.

    Please be sure to request an IRS Tax Return transcipt, and NOT an IRS Tax Account Transcript.

    IRS Centers
    Bronx: 1200 Waters Place (718) 536-3660
    Manhattan: 2283 Third Avenue (646) 672-5682
    Brooklyn: 2 Metrotech Center, 1st floor (718) 834-6559

    Queens: 59-17 Junction Blvd., Rego Park (718) 760-6019
    Westchester: 210 E. Post Road, White Plains, NY (914) 684-7302

    Selective Service System

    For information regarding the legal requirement for male financial aid recipients born after December 31, 1959 to register with the Selective Service System, call 1-847-688-6888 or click here to visit their web site.

    CUNY Model Code of Conduct

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