Students must apply each academic year for financial aid.

Applying for Undergraduate Financial Aid

New Students

Including: Freshman, Transfer, Second bachelor’s degree, Stopped-out returning*, and First-time Aid Applicants

The application process consists of completing the University College Undergraduate Financial Aid Application and a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Students must also submit copies of income documentation, which means an IRS transcript of the most recent year’s completed tax return, or non-taxable income documentation, such as from Social Security.

*Stopped-out returning refers to students who have been absent from the aid process for one or more years.

Continuing-returning Undergraduate Online Application

Online Application for Renewing Financial Aid


Renewing students taking six (6) credit hours per term may need to complete the FAFSA only when renewing in consecutive years. Other enrollment loads and requests for work-study, increasing loan request amounts, or notifying the Financial Aid Office of an outside resource require students to submit an online application.

Income documentation may or may not be required from Continuing-returning students. The student’s financial aid advisor will review the FAFSA results after they are received. If documentation is needed, a “To Do” item will be posted to the student’s MySlice account. Students should check their financial aid “To Do” list in MySlice regularly.

Application Process

Starting Your FAFSA Application

  • Apply online at the FAFSA web site
  • Use College Code: 002882

For Fall ’17/Spring ’18/Summer ’18 enrollment:

File the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants may begin filing the FAFSA on October 1, 2016. The last day to file is June 30, 2018.

For Fall ’18/Spring ’19/Summer ’19 enrollment:

File the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants may begin filing the FAFSA on October 1, 2017. The last day to file is June 30, 2019.

Federal Student Loan Limits

Level of Study Subsidized Unsubsidized Aggregate Limits
Freshmen $3,500 $2,000 or $6,000* Undergraduate $23,000 subsidized (University College HEOP, see note below)
Sophomores $4,500 $2,000 or $6,000* Undergraduate independent $57,500, subsidized & unsubsidized
Juniors & Seniors $5,500 $2,000 or $7,000* Undergraduate dependent $31,000, subsidized & unsubsidized

*Increased unsubsidized loan amounts available to independent students only, or those dependent students whose parents have been denied a PLUS.

Note: University College HEOP students who are academic freshmen are not permitted to borrow. Upper class students may not exceed aggregate maximum of $20,000, following New York State HEOP guidelines.

Questions about Financial Aid?