Federal Application Requirements and Procedures

Students (not international students) who wish to apply for scholarships, grants, and/or student loans are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The college code to be used on the FAFSA for New York Institute of Technology is 002782. The FAFSA is available online at studentaid.gov. For maximum consideration for all types of financial aid, students must file their FAFSA applications by the February 14 priority date.

Graduate or professional students are considered independent for federal student aid purposes.

Requirements for Federal Student Aid

In order to qualify for federal student aid, students:

  • Must be accepted into a New York Institute of Technology degree-granting program or eligible certificate program. Students must be fully matriculated in that program.
  • Must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™), or must have completed homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law.
  • Must be making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree (see Satisfactory Academic Progress section for SAP Policy).
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) to receive aid from Federal Direct Loan programs (subsidized, unsubsidized, or PLUS).
  • Must sign statements on the FAFSA stating that:
    1. You are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant, and
    2. You will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
  • Must not have been convicted of a federal or state drug offense while receiving federal student aid unless eligibility is otherwise determined by the worksheet made available when completing the FAFSA.
  • Must not be incarcerated. Incarcerated students are not eligible for federal student loans, but are eligible for College Work Study.
  • Must not be in default on a prior federal student loan.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or other eligible noncitizen.
  • Must have a Social Security number.
  • Male students are required to be registered with Selective Service by the age of 26 to be eligible for federal financial aid funds. (A male student does not have to register if he is below the age of 18, or was born before January 1, 1960.)
  • With the exception of unsubsidized Stafford loans and PLUS loans, all other federal student aid requires students to demonstrate financial need.

Verification

There is a process for verifying a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and making corrections because students sometimes make errors on their application. Verification is a process by which a school collects information to ensure that the FAFSA has been completed correctly. The Central Processing System (CPS) of the Department of Education selects which applicants must be verified. The university also reserves the right to select applications for verification.

If a student’s application is selected for verification, either by the CPS or by the institution, verification is required to be performed by the school. Each year, the Department of Education will determine which items on the FAFSA must be verified.

For the 2021–2022 academic year, students who are selected for verification will be placed in one of the following three verification groups. The verification group determines which FAFSA information must be verified. The student must submit the Verification Worksheet that corresponds with the Verification Group. New York Institute of Technology Verification Worksheets are available for download, or directly from the Office of Financial Aid.

Verification Tracking Groups

  • Standard Verification Group (V1): Students who are tax filers must verify adjusted gross income, U.S. income tax paid, untaxed portions of IRA distributions, untaxed portions of pensions, IRA deductions and payments, tax-exempt interest income, education credits, household size, and number in college. Students who are not tax filers must verify income from work, household size, and number in college.
  • Custom Verification Group (V4): Students must verify high school completion status and identity/statement of educational purpose.
  • Aggregate Verification Group (V5): Students must verify high school completion status and identity/statement of educational purpose in addition to the items in the Standard Verification Group.

Applicants selected for verification will be notified on the Student Aid Report (SAR). In addition, upon receipt of the Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR), the Office of Financial Aid will send a missing information letter to the student informing the student that their application has been selected for verification and which documents must be submitted. The verification results of identity and high school completion status for students whose 2021–2022 ISIR had a Verification Tracking Group of V4 or V5 must be reported to the Department of Education in a timely manner. As such, students whose 2021–2022 FAFSA has been selected for V4 or V5 verification must submit the required documents to the Office of Financial Aid within 14 days of the request for information. Students unable to submit the required documents in person should contact the Office of Financial Aid for assistance.

Due to the declaration of a national emergency due to COVID-19, the Department of Education provided the following flexibilities regarding collection of documents for verification groups V4 and V5 until December 31, 2020 for the 2019–2020 and 2020–2021 award years.

If the Office of Financial Aid is unable to receive the required documents in person or by mail, or if the student is unable to provide the required documents in person or by mail, or cannot provide notarized documents by mail:

  • The Department of Education suspends the in-person submission and notary requirements. Students may submit a photocopy, PDF or other electronic copy of the documents,
  • Institutions may accept a copy of an expired document if it expired after March 1, 2020.
  • The Department of Education waives the requirements under section 668.57(b) and (c) that a dependent student submit a statement signed by one of the student’s parents when no responsible parent can provide the required signature. In this case, the student must submit an explanation of why neither of the student’s parents was available to provide such a statement, which will be kept in the student’s financial aid file.

Reference: https://ifap.ed.gov/electronic-announcements/051520UPDATEDGuidanceInterruptStudyRelCOVID19May2020

In accordance with federal guidelines, verification must be completed no later than 120 days after the last day of the student’s enrollment. Students may receive an estimated financial aid package prior to the completion of the verification process. However, New York Institute of Technology does not disburse any federal financial aid funds until the verification process is completed. The university reserves the right to withhold some institutional aid funds until the verification process is completed. Students who fail to submit the required verification documents will not receive federal aid.