How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?

How do I apply for Federal Financial Aid?

The Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in the U.S. Last year, undergraduate and graduate students received more than $100 billion in financial aid. You should file the FAFSA as soon after October 1 as possible. Follow the three steps outlined below:

Step 1: Apply for an FSA ID and password. An FSA ID and password lets you apply, "sign" your online FAFSA, make corrections to your application information and more – all online. Go to to apply!

Step 2: Collect the documents including income tax returns, W-2 forms, and other records of income to apply. A complete list of what you need may be found at

Step 3: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible, preferably in October, in order to meet school and state aid deadlines. Apply online at Fredonia’s school code is 002844. If you are a New York State resident, please complete and submit the New York State Student Aid Payment Application to apply for New York State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) at

How Do I Apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)?

It is also recommended that you apply for TAP online at As mentioned above, you should start the application process with the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at  The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) will use the FAFSA data as part of your online New York State Student Aid Payment application.  After completing your FAFSA, there will be a link to the online application on your FAFSA Confirmation Page.

To apply for TAP online, you need a HESC PIN (Personal Identification Number). Use the HESC PIN to "sign" your application, keep track of your application information, or make changes. Once you have the HESC PIN, complete your New York State Student Aid Payment Application application online and insert SUNY Fredonia's TAP School Code (0915 undergraduate). Information from your FAFSA and your family's calculated New York State net taxable income are pre-filled on your online application. You will be able to check the status of your application online at any time.

Please be alert to HESC e-mails and respond to any requests or instructions. If you received TAP the year before and your application information is unchanged, you may only have to file a FAFSA to get TAP. The TAP application deadline is May 1 of the academic year for which aid is sought.

Early application is strongly encouraged for both federal and state financial aid. Since funds are limited, early applications are given first consideration.