Students must complete the FAFSA to be eligible for any type of aid for college. Many colleges (including CUNY) allocate funds on a rolling, first-come-first-served basis, so early application is key.
Students who complete FAFSA are much more likely to enroll in college. Yet, despite how import the FAFSA is, many students do not complete it because they incorrectly believe they are not eligible. It has been estimated that nearly $50 million in Pell grant awards alone goes untapped by New York City students each year that would be eligible if they had only filled out their FAFSA forms.
Questions? Visit our financial aid information page to help students, parents, and school-based staff with the FAFSA completion process.