Admissions & Aid
Students are encouraged to file as soon as possible on or after October 1 of the year preceding the academic year for which financial aid is sought. The Brooklyn College priority filing deadline is May 1.
To qualify, a student must:
The first step in filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is to apply for a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID). If you have forgotten your FSA ID, you can use the forgot my username and password option on the FSA ID webpage. Your FSA ID serves as your electronic signature on the FAFSA and is used to login to all Federal Student Aid websites and provides access to your personal records it is therefore, critical that it remain as secure as possible.
There are two ways you may file a FAFSA:
Upon receipt of your completed new FAFSA or Renewal, you will receive an electronic letter indicating if additional documentation is needed in order to complete your application via CUNYfirst and delivered to your campus e-mail address. This process is called verification and the e-letter will contact instruction on specifically what you need to submit to the office of financial aid at Brooklyn College. Verification may require that you document reported income, U.S. taxes paid, family household size and the number of family members in college. Additionally you may be required to validate your reported Social Security number, citizenship status, selective service, and/or immigration and naturalization status. Any and all requested documentation should be submitted to the Office of Financial Aid for review and corrections. We urge you not to submit corrections on your own, as additional changes may be necessary and we can expedite these corrections.
The Office of Financial Aid has created a few instructional guides on how to manage (claim your account, view your financial aid “To-Do” list, view/accept/decline awards, enroll in direct deposit, etc.) in CUNYfirst. Learn more.
All financial aid forms are located here.
Note: Most graduate students fund their education at Brooklyn College through the Federal Direct Loan program. The Office of Financial Aid has created a Direct Loan Handout to assist you in understanding the Federal Direct Loan awarding process.
The Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program allows eligible students to borrow money directly from the federal government. These programs include the subsidized, unsubsidized, and Graduate PLUS loans. Under the Federal Direct Loan Program, a student may borrow up to $20,500 depending on eligibility for each academic year of graduate or professional-degree study up to an aggregate of $138,000, including any loans for undergraduate study. The loans carry a variable interest rate that currently is capped at 8.25%. Repayment of loans begins six months after a student ceases to be enrolled at least half-time (six credits) as a matriculated student. Current interest rate information is available on the Federal Student Aid webpage.
The Federal Work-Study Program (FWS) is an employment program that pays eligible students in good academic standing an hourly wage for work done for the college or public or other nonprofit agencies. A student may work six to 20 hours a week while enrolled.
International students are not eligible for participation in the Federal Work-Study Program.