Q: How do I apply for Financial Aid?


First, you must complete the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” or “FAFSA” online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Make certain to list Purchase College's federal school code, which is 006791, when prompted.  You must complete the FAFSA each academic year, as close to January 1st as possible.  You can use estimated income and then revise the income on the FAFSA once you and your parents have completed your income tax returns. 


The second part of the FAFSA consists of a few questions to see if you are eligible to be considered for the new federal “Academic Competitiveness Grant” for students that have between 0 and 59 credits. 


The third and last part of the FAFSA is only for residents of New York State.  The FAFSA will direct you to a link to determine eligibility for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program, call TAP. 


Beginning in late February, the Purchase College Office of Financial Aid will begin reviewing FAFSA applications.  You may receive an email or letter requesting additional documentation, before we can award you financial aid.  Please respond as quickly as possible to the request.  If additional information is not required you will receive a “Financial Aid Award Email” that will tell you the types of financial aid that you are eligible to receive.  If you have any questions or concerns, stop by the Office of Financial Aid or email us at financialservices@purchase.edu .