FAFSA changes for 2017-2018

For the 2017-2018 year and beyond, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available on October 1. In the past, the FAFSA opened on January 1 and the FAFSA used the previous year's tax data. Now, students will file the FAFSA using tax information from two years prior using income information imported electronically from the IRS, using their Data Retrieval Tool (DRT).


Step 1: Request a FSA ID from the Department of Education at https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm, so you can electronically sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Step 2: Complete your 2017–2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov and use the IRS data retrieval process after October 1, 2016, listing: CUNY School of Law at Queens College Title IV institution code: G31913

Step 3: Student Aid Report
The Department of Education notifies you that your application was processed and provides you with a Student Aid Report (SAR). Review the SAR carefully for accuracy, and make sure our school code G31913 is listed. There will be a message on your SAR if additional information is needed to complete the process.


Step 4: The law school will send estimated award letters to all future students who completed a FAFSA after October 1, 2016. Actual award letters are mailed after matriculation.

After Matriculation

Step 5: Set up your CUNYfirst Account.
After your Seat Deposit is received, you will be provided access to your financial aid account using CUNYfirst. You can learn more about CUNYfirst and Student Self Service at http://www.law.cuny.edu/cunyfirst.html. In CUNYfirst you can check your "To-Do List Items" to see if any additional documentation is required to finalize your award package.

  • In CUNYfirst, click the link which provides information on how to view, accept, and decline your awards.
  • If you don't see an award notification, check the "To-Do List" for instructions.
  • If action is required, respond promptly to avoid packaging and disbursement delays.
  • Accept or decline all financial aid offered and review aid against semester charges.
  • Review your billing statement to make sure that it reflects all of the Tuition and Fee charges for your current semester enrollment status.

Step 6: Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note

If you accepted student loans, you might be required to complete on-line Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at studentloans.gov. Check your "To-Do List Items" to see if any action is required.


Step 7: Sign-up for Direct Deposit
In order to expedite your loan funds; students are strongly encouraged to sign up for Direct Deposit through CUNYfirst.

For more general information on Financial Aid, please contact us at financialaidoffice@law.cuny.edu or call us at 718-340-4284.