Financial Aid

Office of Financial Aid

308 West Quad Center

Financial Aid at the Enrollment Services Center
Lobby, West Quad Center (document submission)
P: 718.951.5051
F: 718.951.4778
*Please see the "Contact" section for additional information.

Important Financial Aid Information for Incoming Freshman/Transfers (Spring 2016)

A special welcome to our incoming spring 2016 freshman and transfer students! NOTE: Entering freshman and transfers students will not have access to CUNYfirst to view award information, check TO DO lists, or submit a Direct Loan application until they have decided to attend and have committed to Brooklyn College.

Here are some steps that all incoming students can be take in order to ensure a smooth transition;

  • If you have already filed a FAFSA application for the 2015–16 award year and plan on attending Brooklyn College for the spring 2016 semester, ensure that your FAFSA (002687) and TAP (1410) application school codes have been updated from your prior intuition. If you have yet to file, see additional information on how to apply below.

Transfer Students

  • One you have decided to attend and have committed to Brooklyn College, ensure that your transfer credit evaluation is completed in a timely fashion. An incomplete transfer credit evaluation affects the Office of Financial Aid's ability to accurately determine a student's TAP eligibility. If you have specific questions regarding your transfer credit evaluation, please contact the Transfer Student Services Center via e-mail or at 718.951-5263. NOTE: TAP regulations require that all students declare a major by the point at which they earn their 60th credit, so if you have or expect to have 60+ credits transfer to Brooklyn College, make sure that you declare a major by the spring 2016 deadline. You can check the registrar's Course Schedule and Bulletin page, for more information.

All Incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

Once you have decided to attend and have committed to Brooklyn College, we also strongly recommend that you read the Your Guide to Managing Your Financial Aid (pdf). This guide will provide you with instructions on how to view your financial aid award information in CUNYfirst. It will also give you instructions on how to check if any additional documentation is being requested of you and also will provide instructions on how to sign up for direct deposit in order to get any financial aid refunds in a faster and more secure manner. Once you have registered for at least six credits and would like to apply for a federal direct loan, review our Direct Loan Handout (pdf) for steps on how to apply via CUNYfirst. Remember that these functions are available only to admitted students who have informed Brooklyn College that they will attend and have submitted their commitment deposit or commitment information to the Office of Admissions.

Important Deadlines

  • The last day to submit a summer 2015 only loan application is August 17, 2015.
  • The last day to submit any federal direct loan application or change of status forms for Fall ONLY is November 23, 2015

Applying for a FSA ID

Before you apply for federal student aid via the FAFSA Application, ensure that you have applied for and received a Federal FSA ID. An FSA ID is required for all students and additionally for at least one parent if you are a dependent student. An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems such as the FAFSA application and can serve as your legal signature, so make sure that you safeguard this important information.

Applying for Financial Aid

Priority deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2015–16 for the Brooklyn College Office of Financial Aid was June 1, 2015.

Note: All students should apply for financial aid every year. Students who missed the financial aid priority deadline are still encouraged to file the FAFSA and will be considered for federal student aid, if eligible, but institutional funds become increasingly limited and there is no guarantee that it will be available on your account by the time the bursar bill becomes due.

Apply for a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is free, so be on your guard when searching for the FAFSA application: Filers should make sure that they use only the official Department of Education site.

Need help using the IRS data retrieval tool in order to automatically import income information to your FAFSA application, click here.

After submitting your FAFSA, you will be taken to the FAFSA Confirmation Page. Look for "Optional Feature — Start your state application" on the Confirmation page to go to TAP on the Web. Here you will be able to apply for New York State tuition assistance programs for full-time and part-time students. If you do not complete the TAP on the Web application after completing the FAFSA, you will be sent an e-mail with a link to that application after your FAFSA is processed. You will receive a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) by e-mail within three to five days of filing your FAFSA. Check your SAR for accuracy. If you find errors on your report or you have been selected for verification, follow the directions on your SAR to make corrections. Also, please report any errors or submit any verification documents to the Office of Financial Aid.

For information on how to file your FAFSA, complete a Verification. To view your financial aid information in CUNYfirst, please review these application instructions and 7 Easy Steps to the FAFSA (video).

Important Financial Aid information for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (including program summary, cost of attendance, verification, applying for Federal Direct loans, student rights and responsibilities, etc.).

Quick Links

Upcoming Year 2015–16 forms are now available

Direct Deposit

  • Direct deposit information can now be entered in CUNYfirst. For instructions, please reference this guide.