Applying for Aid: New Students

Step 1: Complete the CSS Profile Application

All new students must complete the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile to be considered for institutional financial aid. There is a fee to apply, but you may qualify for a waiver based on family income and assets.

Complete the CSS Profile application.

  • Be sure to release your data to us. The Ithaca College code for the Profile is 2325.
  • The priority deadline is November 1 for early decision applicants and January 15 for early action and regular admission applicants.

Step 2: Fill out your FAFSA

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

  • Be sure to release your data to us. The Ithaca College school code for the FAFSA is 002739.
  • The priority deadline is November 1 for early decision applicants and January 15 for early action and regular decision applicants.

Complete the FAFSA online

    FAFSA Tips

    • 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).
    • Enter your name exactly as it appears on your Social Security card.
    • Check the box to be considered for all available aid. You can always turn down particular types of aid later.

    Step 3: Apply for New York State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

    New York State residents only. The TAP application process begins when you complete the FAFSA. You cannot complete the TAP application until your FAFSA is submitted. After completing your FAFSA online, you can proceed immediately to the TAP application by clicking the link on the FAFSA confirmation page. If you don’t apply at that time, you will have to wait five business days for your FAFSA information to be received by TAP and can apply at the following page.

    Complete the TAP on the Web application.

    • The TAP on the Web application has space for only one school code. Our school code is 0330.
    • Learn more about TAP, including eligibility requirements and award amounts at the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website.

    See other NYS grants, scholarships, and awards.