Do you have financial aid-related questions? You're not alone! Figuring everything out and doing what you have to do on time is a big challenge.
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month! Onondaga Community College Director of Financial Aid Kevin Sapio has a team of experts here ready to serve you. On the latest edition of our podcast, "Chatting about College," Sapio simplifies the process and shares important advice.
There are two financial aid-related forms everyone applying for college needs to fill out. Both are free. The first is the FAFSA which stands for Free Application For Federal Student Aid. You can find a FAFSA form and important information on our website by clicking on this link.
To successfully complete the FAFSA you will need to compile several documents such as your social security card, your driver's license if you have one, tax returns, and bank statements. You can find a complete list of the documents you need by clicking on this link.
There are common mistakes made when filling out the FAFSA. For example, someone may leave an answer blank because the answer is zero or they don't believe the question applies to them. It's important to always enter an answer or the form will be incomplete. You can find a list of the most common mistakes by clicking on this link.
There is a similar document you need to fill out to apply for New York State financial aid. It's referred to as "TAP" which is an acronym for Tuition Assistance Program. You can find a TAP form and important information on our website by clicking on this link.
It is important to fill out the FAFSA and TAP forms for each school year in which you want to be considered for financial aid.
Students and families can receive assistant at OCC's Financial Aid Service Center which is located in the Gordon Student Center. You can also find help by calling (315) 498-2000 or emailing [email protected]
You can listen to our podcast by clicking on this link. You can also download and subscribe to "Chatting About College" at iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts or wherever you download podcasts from.