College Planning Guide



myIthaca's Financial Aid Glossary

Look here for help any time you run into an unfamiliar financial aid acronym, or call our Office of Student Financial Services with your questions: 1-800-429-4275 or 607-274-1895.

AFDC  Aid to Families with Dependent Children

BIA  Bureau of Indian Affairs

COA  cost of attendance

CPS  Central Processing System

CSS  College Scholarship Service

CWS  college work-study

EFC  expected family contribution

EFT  electronic funds transfer

ELO  expanded lending option

ESAR electronic Student Aid Report

ETA Express TAP Application

ETS  Educational Testing Service

FAA  financial aid administrator

FAF  financial aid form

FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid

FAO  financial aid office

FAT  financial aid transcript

FDSLP  Federal Direct Student Loan Program

FFELP  Federal Family Education Loan Program

FSEOG  Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

FM  federal methodology

FWS  federal work-study

GSL  guaranteed student loan

HEAL  Health Education Assistance Loan

HESC  New York State Higher Education Services Corporation

HPSL  Health Professions Student Loan

IM  institutional methodology

IRA  individual retirement account

IRS  Internal Revenue Service

ISIR  Institutional Student Information Record

MDE  multiple data entry

NHSC  National Health Corps Scholarship

NMSQT  National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

NSL  Nursing Student Loan

PC  parent contribution

PCL  Primary Care Loan

PHEAA  Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency

PLUS  Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students

PSAT  Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test

RA  research assistantship

SAP  satisfactory academic progress

SAR  Student Aid Report

SC  student contribution

SEOG  Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant

SLMA  Student Loan Marketing Association

SLS: Supplemental Loan for Students

SSIG  State Student Incentive Grants

TA  teaching assistantship

TAP  New York State Tuition Assistance Program