Filing FAFSA for Undergraduate Students

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

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

Prior to Completing the FAFSA


The student and one parent (if the student is a dependent student) must have a FSA ID from the U.S. Department of Education, which you may obtain online

  • CUNY Brooklyn College federal school code is: 002687

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 (highly recommended)
    • 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 don't 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, 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:

Applying for State Financial Aid

In addition to federal financial aid, New York State (NYS) residents may be eligible for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

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. This program includes the subsidized, unsubsidized and Parent PLUS loans. Depending on eligibility, under the Federal Direct Loan Programs a student may borrow 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) matriculated.

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 in the FWS program.

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