Filing FAFSA for Graduate Students

Applying for federal and state financial aid for academic year 2015–16.

Students are encouraged to file as soon as possible on or after Jan. 1, 2015.

Prior to Completing the FAFSA

Federal Program Requirements

To qualify, a student must:

  • be matriculated,
  • be enrolled for at least six credits,
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and 
  • maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Apply for a Federal PIN (Personal Identification Number)

The student should apply for a federal PIN. If you have forgotten your PIN, you can request a duplicate PIN. You will have to answer a series of identification-based questions to ensure the security of the PIN process and to remind you of the importance of safeguarding your PIN. Your PIN serves as your electronic signature and provides access to your personal records, and it is critical that it remain as secure as possible.

  • CUNY Brooklyn College federal school code is: 002687

Print a 2014–15 FAFSA on the Web Worksheet

The worksheet allows you to read and complete the questions before entering your information online.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

There are two ways you may apply for a federal and state financial aid 2015–16 application:

  • File online
    • It's quick: Results are sent to you via e-mail by the next business day.
    • It's easy: Detailed help screens guide you through every question.
    • It's accurate: Inconsistent answers are flagged so you can correct mistakes before submitting the application.
    • It's safe: Encryption keeps your information safe when you send it to us.
  • If you do not have Internet access, you can request a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800.4.FED.AID (800.433.3243) or 319.337.5665. (Hearing impaired TTY users can call 800.730.8913.)
    • After completing the paper FAFSA, you mail us the form in the attached pre-addressed envelope.
    • Your paper FAFSA will be processed in two to three weeks.
    • If you don't hear anything within three weeks of the date it was mailed, you can check the status by going to the FAFSA website.
    • You can also check by contacting the Federal Student Aid Information Center at the numbers listed above.


Upon receipt of your completed new FAFSA or Renewal, you will be will send you an electronic letter indicating if additional documentation is needed in order to complete your application via CUNYFirst and delivered to your campus e-mail address. This process is called verification and the e-letter will contact instruction on specifically what you need to submit to the office of financial aid at Brooklyn College. Verification may require that you document reported income, U.S. taxes paid, family household size and the number of family members in college. Additionally you may be required to validate your reported Social Security number, citizenship status, selective service, and/or immigration and naturalization status. Any and all requested documentation should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid for review and corrections. We urge you not to submit corrections on your own, as additional changes may be necessary and we can expedite these corrections.

The Office of Financial Aid has created a few instructional guides on how to manage (claim your account, view your financial aid "To-Do" list, view/accept/decline awards, enroll in direct deposit, etc.) in CUNYfirst. Learn More

All financial aid forms, are located and the link provided below:

Note: Most graduate students fund their education at Brooklyn College through the Federal Direct Loan program. After filing your FAFSA you may submit a Direct Loan Application via self-service on your CUNYfirst account. The Office of Financial Aid has created a Direct Loan Handout, to assist you in this process.

Additional Federal Programs

Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program

The Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program allows eligible students to borrow money directly from the federal government. These programs include the subsidized, unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans. Under the Federal Direct Loan Program, a student may borrow up to $20,500 depending on eligibility for each academic year of graduate or professional-degree study up to an aggregate of $138,000, including any loans for undergraduate study. The loans carry a variable interest rate that currently is capped at 8.25 percent. Repayment of loans begins six months after a student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) as a matriculated student.

Federal Perkins Loan Program

The Federal Perkins Loan Program is a federal campus-based aid program designed to provide additional assistance to the neediest of students. Students who are in good academic standing and enrolled for at least six credits will automatically be considered for a Perkins loan based on the timely completion of the FAFSA. Eligible students may borrow up to a total of $30,000, including undergraduate Perkins loans. Awards are based on the availability of funds and the financial need of the applicant. The average Perkins Loan awarded at Brooklyn College is $1,500 per year.

Repayment and accrual of interest on the unpaid balance do not begin until six months after a student ceases to be enrolled in school at least half-time (six credits). Interest on the loan is 5 percent, and repayment may be extended over a 10-year period, depending on the size of the loan. Borrowers who enter certain fields of teaching or specified military duty may qualify for partial or full cancellation of the loan. For more details on repayment, deferment or cancellation options, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is an employment program that pays eligible students in good academic standing an hourly wage for work done for the college or public or other nonprofit agencies. A student may work six to 20 hours a week while enrolled.

International students are not eligible for participation in the Federal Work-Study Program.