How to Apply for Financial Aid as a New or Returning Undergraduate Student

Applicants will need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for need-based financial aid. New York State residents must also submit the TAP application. International students will complete an aid application when they apply to IC.

Step 1: Fill out your aid application

To be considered for federal financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate academic year.

Returning students will need to renew their FAFSA for each year that they wish to be considered for need-based financial aid.

Our FAFSA code is 002739.
Complete the FAFSA online

International students will be prompted to complete the Ithaca College Financial Aid Application through IC Connect when they apply. We do not accept the CSS Profile or the ISFAA.  
Read more about aid for international students.  

Step 2: Apply for New York State's Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The TAP application process begins when you complete the FAFSA. After completing your FAFSA online, you can proceed immediately to the TAP application by clicking the link on the FAFSA confirmation page. This only applies to New York State residents, including those covered under the DREAM Act.  

The 2024-25 TAP application will open on November 1st and will be available to complete at the link below. 
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 at the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) website.  

Step 3: 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 at the links below.  

Scholarships for New Students 

Outside Scholarship Search Tools 

We have several tools available to help estimate your eligibility for institutional and federal aid.