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Too Good to be True

Be careful of offers that look too good to be true.

They probably are, and are designed to help you part easily with your hard-earned money.
  • Don't pay anyone to complete and file your aid application for you. Fill out as much as you can, and if you are having problems, ask us for help. If you get to a website that requires payment for filing your aid application, you have reached the wrong website; try again. The correct FAFSA website is FAFSA.
  • Don't pay to find scholarships. There are many free tools that will be just as successful. See our Finding Other Sources page at Scholarships.
  • Use the same cautions you use regularly on the web when you do a web-based scholarship search. Safeguard your privacy while still giving enough information for the scholarship search to be useful. If you don't feel comfortable entering personal information requested by a website, don't do it. See tips for how to handle your personal information online.
  • ATMs are convenient, but sometimes they're too easy, for many reasons. Watch ATM service fees (at the ATM you're using and at your own bank—both may charge!), and be especially aware of additional service fees often charged for stamps when stamps are offered at an ATM.
  • Credit card companies often target college students in credit card offers. Understand what is offered and use credit wisely. See New York State law restricting solicitations. The FTC's Credit Smarts page is also helpful. The Iowa Attorney General posted information for college students. ABC News adds their own warnings.
    Take advantage of opportunities to monitor your credit by requesting free annual credit reports. See
     FTC for more information as well as cautions about how to do this.
  • Credit and budget counseling companies can sometimes ADD to your problem. See information published by the IRS before you sign up with a credit counseling agency. Credit repair companies can also be a problem; Check before signing up.
  • Cell phone plans usually have unbelievably high fees if you review what the plan covers. Be sure you understand what's in your plan, what isn't, and what can be covered only with an automatic extra charge. Coverage areas are an issue, too, and roaming areas may surprise you; charges add up quickly. The FCC offers advice here.


 Office Information

Office Hours:
Mondays - Thursdays: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fridays: Closed
Location: 202 Jefferson Hall
Phone: 718-997-5102
Fax: 718-997-5122 

Assistance with the aid process is available in the One Stop Service Center in the Dining Hall. For more on the One Stop, visit

College Codes
FAFSA College Code - 002690
TAP College Code - 1416

  • NEWS
  • Spring 2016 -​ Important Dates & Deadlines
  • *ATTENTION* Last Day to apply for a Direct Loan Application for academic year 2015-2016 is Friday, April 29th.

  • URGENT - Th​e last day to add courses is February 4th. Your registration as of February 4th will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, l​o​ans, and workstudy).
  • February 18th​ is the Last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility for Spring 2016
  • Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) Deadline is March 5th, 2016
  • Fall 2​015-​ Important Dates & Deadlines ​
  • URGENT - Th​e last day to add courses is September 2nd. Your registration as of September 2nd will be used to determine your maximum financial aid eligibility for the semester (grants, l​o​ans, and workstudy).
  • September 16th​ is the Last day to declare a major for TAP/APTS eligibility Fall 2015
  • Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) Deadline is October 1st 2015


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 Applying for Financial Aid


 Useful Telephone Numbers


FAFSA Application Status 1-800-433-3243

FAFSA Technical Assistance 1-800-433-3243
NYS TAP Processing/Status 1-888-697-4372
Direct Loan Inquiries 1-800-848-0979
Selective Service 1-847-688-6888
Internal Revenue Service 1-800-829-1040
TuitionPay Payment Plan 1-800-635-0120


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