Financial Aid Tips and FAQs

Helpful Hints

The financial aid application process is easier than you think. We believe that many problems can be avoided if you follow the checklist. Pay special attention to answering every question on the forms and provide as much complete and accurate information as possible.

Check with your guidance office for financial aid information programs that may be offered at your school or in your area. Programs like these can help answer questions regarding the financial aid process.

There are also many online resources available to help you.  If you have a question that is not answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) section, please contact our office.

Be wary of services that promise financial aid for a fee. Our staff is only a phone call away.

Filing Tips

  • Remember to check your Social Security number before you enter it on any college related forms. 
  • Be sure to complete your FAFSA using black ink as required by the processor.
  • Don't forget to sign and have your parents sign the FAFSA before submitting the form.  If you file online, be sure both the student and one parent obtain a PIN number at  This PIN number is your electronic signature.  Without the necessary signatures, the form will not be processed.
  • Use the Financial Aid Checklist to meet necessary deadlines.

Keep your financial aid materials together in a separate file and keep a copy of everything you submit.

Online Resources

To help guide you in the financial aid process, visit these useful websites.

Sponsored by the National Financial Aid Administrators; general information and a good link to many other sites

Scholarship search

College/university and scholarship search

Financial aid information and registering for PROFILE

New York State grant, scholarship and loan information; includes TAP estimator, application information and status verification, NY Mentor information

Complete FAFSA online

Department of Education FSA ID and Password