FAFSA & TAP Application Guide

Step 1: Create a Student and/or Parent Federal Student Aid ID (FSAID)

Skip this step if you already have your FSAID
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In order to fill out the FAFSA, you have to create a Federal Student Aid ID. This username-password combo will allow you to fill out the form online and access information about your financial aid for years to come, including looking up any student loans you must repay after graduation. If you are a dependent student (under 24 years of age) your parent will need their own FSAID. 

  • Go to fsaid.ed.gov
  • Select Create an FSAID and follow the prompts
    • It's important to provide your name, date of birth, and social security number as it appears on your social security card.
    • Make sure you have access to the email and phone number you provide. You will receive six-digit security codes to verify the accounts at the end.
    • Please ensure you save your username, password, and the answers to your security questions. Keep this information somewhere safe, as it is associated with your social security number. 
  • Once you create your FSAID, go to studentaid.ed.gov and log into the FAFSA.

If you have an FSAID already and need to retrieve your info, use the links under Manage My FSAID "Forgot my username" and "Forgot my password." If you need help resetting your FSAID, call Federal Student Aid at 1-800-433-3243.

Onondaga Community College School Codes

FAFSA: 002875

TAP: 2185

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA Application

  • Go to fafsa.gov
  • Select: Log in - I am the student and log in using the student's FSAID (not the parent's).
  • Select the appropriate year 2021-2022. If you are doing a renewal application, click FAFSA Renewal.
  • You will be prompted to creat a Safe Key (keep this for future use).
  • Click next untilyou see your demographic information. This is the beginning of the FAFSA. Read each question carefully and use the hint (?) icon for additional information.
  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT): Once you reach the tax filing section for the parent(s), use the DRT if prompted. The DRT will allow parent tax info to link to your FAFSA.
    • You will need the parent FSAID & page 1 of the parent 1040 federal return to locate the address; it will need to be typed in exactly as it appears on the return.
    • Use federal 1040 IRS tax return to answer questions if you are unable to use the DRT.
  • If your parent(s) worked, but were not required to file taxes, put the amount of wages earned when prompted. Use parent(s)' W2s.
  • If your parent(s) did not work in 2019, put $0 and make sure you do not leave any question blank.

You will be asked if you want to skip questions, say NO. Answer all questions.

If you are married, tax documents are required for you and your spouse even if you were not married in 2019.

  • IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT): If you (student) filed taxes in 2019, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
  • If you worked, but were not required to file taxes, put the amount of wages earned when prompted. Use your 2019 W2s.
  • If you did not work in 2019, put $0 and make sure you do not leave any question blank.

You will be asked if you want to skip questions, say NO. Answer all questions. 

Once you submit the FAFSA application, you will get a confirmation page. On this page, select Start your State Application Now to direct you to the NYS TAP application. 

*If you have a special circumstance and are unable to provide parent information, please contact Student Central for guidance at 315-498-2000.

Step 3: Complete the NYS TAP Application

Using the link from the FAFSA confirmation page, log in to the TAP application with your HESC username and PIN.

  • If this is your first time applying for TAP, it will prompt you to set up an account. Make sure you save your username and PIN for future use.

Once you log in, make sure to select the academic year 2021-2022. Follow the prompts until you see the application with your demographic information. This is the start of the application. 

  • Make sure you confirm parent information such as: current marital status, last name(s), social security numbers, and tax filing information.
  • Use parents' 2019 NYS IT-201 Tax Return, if parents filed taxes.
  • For this application, you will be asked to provide your parent(s) e-signature. Please use their NYS driver's license or NYS ID to enter the requested information.
  • Use your 2019 NYS IT-201 Tax Return, if you (student) filed taxes.
  • Make sure you confirm your financial and tax-filing information.
  • If married, please provide spouse's last name and SSN when prompted.

Please review the application summary for accuracy before submitting.

Accessing TAP

If you are unable to get into the application using the link from the FAFSA, you will need to wait 5 full business days. After 5 business days, follow the instructions below. 

  • Go to hesc.ny.gov and hover over PAY and select Apply for TAP
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page until you see a blue link "Apply Now" and select the link
  • On the next screen, select "Click here" to log in
    • If this is your first time apply for TAP, click on "First time users click here to register with HESC" and create your account. Save your username and PIN for future use.
    • If you find that you have applied before but cannot remember your username and PIN, click on "I forgot my user ID or PIN" and follow the prompts

 

If you have any questions during this whole process, reach out to the Financial Aid Service Center. We can help you!