Federal Application Requirements and Procedures: Undergraduate Students

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 NYIT 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.

Requirements for Federal Student Aid

In order to qualify for Federal Student Aid, students:

  • Must be accepted and fully matriculated into one of NYIT’s degree granting programs or eligible certificate programs
  • Must have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, such as a General Educational Development (GED) certificate 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 (SAP) section for NYIT SAP Policy)
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time to receive aid from the Stafford and PLUS loan programs
  • 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 and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants. They are also eligible for Pell Grants if not incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution.)
  • 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
  • Must be registered with Selective Service by the age of 26 (applies to male students only) 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

Federal Requirements for Determining Unusual Enrollment History

The NYIT Office of Financial Aid must adhere to the U.S. Department of Education’s efforts to prevent fraud and abuse in the Federal Pell Grant Program and other Federal Financial Aid Programs by identifying students with unusual enrollment histories. An “unusual enrollment history” flag will be included on FAFSA results received from the U.S. Department of Education and will indicate, where applicable, that a student has an unusual enrollment history with regard to the receipt of Federal Pell Grant or Federal Direct Loan funds. The indicator is intended to address possible fraud and abuse in the Title IV student aid programs. For example, one specific enrollment pattern is where a student attends an institution long enough to receive Title IV credit balance funds, leaves without completing the enrollment period, enrolls at another institution, and repeats the pattern of remaining just long enough to collect another Title IV credit balance without having earned any academic credit. The NYIT Office of Financial Aid may request additional information from students with an “unusual enrollment history” flag on FAFSA results, and the final receipt of federal, state, and institutional aid is dependent upon satisfactory resolution.

Federal Verification Requirements

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 applicants to be verified. NYIT 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. The Office of Financial Aid is responsible for clarifying any conflicting information found on a student’s FAFSA and may ask for documentation to verify and resolve any conflicting information.

For the 2020–2021 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 NYIT Verification Worksheet that corresponds with the Verification Group. NYIT Verification Worksheets are available for download, or directly from the Office of Financial Aid.

Verification Tracking Groups

  • Standard Verification Group (V1): Dependent/Independent students, spouses (if applicable), and parents’ who are tax filers must verify adjusted gross income, US 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 and parents 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 NYIT Office of Financial Aid will send a missing information letter to the student informing them if 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 2020–2021 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 2020–2021 FAFSA has been selected for V4 or V5 verification must submit the required documents to the NYIT Office of Financial Aid within 14 days of the request for information.

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, NYIT does not disburse any federal financial aid funds until the verification process is completed. NYIT 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.