Applying for Aid: New Students

Applicants will need to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid. NYS residents must also submit the TAP application.

Step 1: 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

    FAFSA Tips
    • Don't leave anything blank!
    • The FAFSA requests tax information from two years ago. For example, the 2024–2025 academic year will ask for 2022 tax information. 
    • 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 contributor(s) have electronically signed the FAFSA before submitting the form.

    Step 2: 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. After completing your FAFSA online, you can proceed immediately to the TAP application by clicking the link on the FAFSA confirmation page.

    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, 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 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 via the Scholarship Tools link below.

    Scholarship Tools