Federal Student Aid
The general requirements to apply for federal student aid include that students exhibit a financial need, are U.S. Citizens or eligible non-citizens, and are enrolled in a qualified degree program at their college of choice.
To be considered an eligible non-citizen, students must fall into one of the following immigration categories.
- U.S. National (including natives of American Samoa)
- U.S. Permanent Resident with a form I-551, I-151, or I-551C, also known as a “green card.”
- You hold a “T” nonimmigrant status (T-Visa), or your parent possesses a T-1 nonimmigrant status.
- You are a “battered immigrant-qualified alien” who is a victim of abuse by your citizen or permanent resident spouse, or are a child of a person designated as such under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
- You have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Citizen & Immigration Services (USCIS) demonstrating one of the following:
- “Asylum Granted,”
- “Cuban-Haitian Entrant,”
- “Conditional Entrant” (additional requirements needed),
- “Parolee” (additional requirements needed).
Eligibility Information for Undocumented & Ineligible Immigrant Students
Undocumented students (including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and students with pending asylum applications) are ineligible for federal student aid. However, undocumented students, DACA recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, those with pending asylum applications, and other students ineligible for federal student aid may be eligible to apply for New York State aid through the Senator José Peralta New York State Dream Act. For more information on the New York State Dream Act, please click the button below.
Application Resources & Information
If students are eligible to apply for financial aid, they must fill out the Free Application to Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to potentially receive financial assistance. Students may access the FAFSA application by clicking here.
Students completing the FAFSA for the first time must create an account or a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. Returning students should log in with their existing FSA ID to complete a new application. If you forgot your FSA ID username or password, please click here to regain access to your account.
When preparing to fill out the FAFSA, we recommend you start by watching the video below and visiting this website. After reviewing these resources, students should visit the CUNY FAFSA Guide and this page outlining the eight steps of the FAFSA. Lastly, if you want to review a breakdown of the questions asked on the FAFSA, please click here.
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Federal Student Aid Resources
- FAFSA General Eligibility
- FAFSA Eligibility for Non-Citizens
- FAFSA FAQ for Undocumented Students
- Estimate Your Federal Student Aid
- FAFSA Application Link
- Filling Out the FAFSA Guide
- CUNY FAFSA Guide
- 8 Steps to Completing the FAFSA
- Step-by-Step Guide to Completing the FAFSA
- CUNY Dependency Guidelines
- Recovering your FSA ID