Applying for Aid: New Students

Applicants for admission entering the 2022-2023 academic year will only need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid. NYS residents must submit the TAP application.

Step 1: Complete the CSS Profile Application

The CSS Profile will not be needed for students entering fall 2022. 

2021-2022 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.

  • 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

Complete the CSS Profile application (Custodial and Noncustodial Parents).

CSS Profile Tips

  • Separated or Divorce? Non-Custodial parents may submit their own CSS Profile.
  • Income and/or asset information should match figures provided on the FAFSA. Conflicting information may result in a need for further documentation and a delay in receiving the completed package.
  • Changes to financial circumstances may be reported in the Special Circumstances section of the CSS Profile.
  • Supporting documents should be uploaded through our Secure Online Document Submission portal, not IDOC.

Step 2: Fill out your FAFSA

To be considered for federal 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


  • Don't leave anything blank!
  • The FAFSA requests tax information from two years ago. For example, the 2021–2022 academic year will ask for 2019 tax information.
  • No tax information yet? You may still submit the FAFSA with estimated figures, but we encourage you to use final tax information to ensure that you receive the most accurate financial aid package.
  • 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 decline particular types of aid later.
  • Ensure that both student and parent have electronically signed the FAFSA before submitting the form.

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.

Step 4: Scholarship Information

There are a variety of scholarships that new students may apply for. Whether it be through Ithaca College or within your community, state, or across the nation, information about these scholarships may be found via the Scholarship Tools link below.

Scholarship Tools