2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Applications Now Available

The financial aid filing season opened on October 1, 2017 for students planning to attend college next fall.

New York State students can now file the FAFSA and New York State TAP applications to receive free and low-cost financial aid to help cover their college costs.

Students and parents can use the Internal Revenue Services' Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT) to electronically transfer their 2016 tax return information when completing the FAFSA, making the application even easier to use.

Many colleges use the FAFSA information to calculate the amounts and types of financial aid that students may qualify for, and each college has its own schedule for awarding financial aid. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible to both meet college deadlines and maximize their financial aid.