Apply for Financial Aid

Step by step outline for applying for financial aid

 

  1. STEP ONE

    Create a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID)
    You will need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID before you will be able to access the required websites, including FAFSA, NSLDS Student Access, StudentLoans.gov and StudentAid.gov.

    Please note that the FSA ID has replaced the FSA PIN. If you have already been accessing the websites above using your FSA PIN, you will be automatically directed to update your PIN to the new ID format.

  2. STEP TWO

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

    Students seeking financial aid to assist with educational costs are encouraged complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, more commonly known as the FAFSA, annually. The FAFSA asks for general identification and income information to determine your eligibility for all financial aid programs sponsored by the federal government.

    Ensure you add Trocaire College to your FAFSA Application using the school code 002812

  3. STEP THREE

    Apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP Grant)

    Undergraduate residents of New York State should complete a NYS Tuition Assistance Program, or TAP, application after completing the FAFSA application to determine if you are eligible for a TAP Grant. Keep in mind, the TAP application uses NY State Tax Return information, not Federal Tax Return information.

    If you complete your FAFSA online, you will have the ability to access the TAP application from the FAFSA confirmation screen. Accessing the TAP application from the link provided on that screen will auto-populate your identification information that you supplied on the FAFSA.

    If you do not access the application from the FAFSA confirmation screen, an application will be available to you on the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website approximately 3-5 days after your FAFSA was submitted.

    Important: Your TAP application will be sent to only one school. If you listed several schools on your FAFSA, your application will be sent to the school that you listed first. If you did not list Trocaire College first on your FAFSA, change your TAP school code directly on the HESC website.

  4. STEP FOUR

    When you have successfully submitted your FAFSA and TAP applications, the results will be calculated and sent to you and the schools you listed on the applications.

    You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) when your FAFSA has been processed. The SAR will provide a summary of your FAFSA, and give you your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) which is what your eligibility for most of the federal financial aid awards will be based on.

    Your SAR will also include comments if further action is needed. Your Financial Aid Advisor will also notify you of any additional requirements via email and mail. It is important to resolve your requirements urgently to avoid any delay in your financial aid packaging.

    When your TAP application has been processed, HESC will notify you of your eligibility by email. If you listed UB on your TAP application, we will also be notified of your eligibility. You can track the status of your application on the HESC website.

    Once your initial eligibility is determined, Your Financial Aid Advisor will confirm your eligibility for each award based upon specific award criteria, including your enrollment level (full-time, half-time, etc.) and SAP status.