Applying for Aid: Graduate Students

Step 1: Fill out your FAFSA

To be considered for financial aid, you must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.

  • You will need your FSA ID to complete the application. If you need a FSA ID, visit “FSA ID”
  • Be sure to release your data to us. The Ithaca College school code for the FAFSA is 002739.
  • The priority deadline is March 1.

Complete the FAFSA online


  • Don’t leave anything blank! You can still complete the FAFSA even if you haven’t yet filed your current income tax returns (although we prefer you complete your taxes first for accuracy).
  • Make sure your Social Security number and date of birth are accurate.
  • Do not use your Ithaca College student ID number on the FAFSA.
  • Check the box to be considered for all available aid. You can always turn down particular types of aid later.

Step 2: Complete the necessary graduate aid applications

Graduate students, EXCEPT for occupational therapy and physical therapy, need to complete the Summer Aid Application.

If you are offered a Graduate Direct PLUS Loan in your financial aid award letter, you will need to apply for your Graduate Direct PLUS Loan via

Step 3: Notify us of any changes in your family's circumstances

If you or your family have had changes in family income and/or unusual expenses, it may affect your financial aid. To learn more about how changes could affect your aid and what you need to do.

Change of financial status