Applying for Financial Aid

The 2024-25 academic year FAFSA will be available on December 31. ISIRs will be sent to institutions by the end of January 2024.

FAFSA Guide – learn about all things FAFSA

Financial Aid To-Do List


  • #1

    Request an FSA ID from the Department of Education

    You can electronically fill out and sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • #2

    Complete your 2024 – 2025 FAFSA using the IRS data retrieval process

    To apply for financial aid for the academic year 2024-2025, complete your FAFSA and use the IRS data retrieval process. It will help streamline the application process and ensure your information is accurate.

  • #3

    Review your Student Aid Report carefully

    It is essential that you thoroughly review your Student Aid Report to ensure that there are no errors or discrepancies. Please take the time to carefully examine the document and make any necessary corrections or updates. Our school code is G31913.


  • #4

    Request an estimated award letter from the Law School

    We will send estimated award letters to all future students who completed a FAFSA after January 1, 2024.
    Final award letters are in CUNYfirst after enrollment.

After Matriculation

  • #5

    Set up your CUNYfirst Account. *

    Students admitted to the Fall 1L class will get CUNYfirst access and an award letter in early July.

  • #6

    Receive Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note

    If you accept student loans, you may need to complete online Entrance Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at Check your “To-Do List Items” to see if any action is required.

  • #7

    Sign-up for Direct Deposit to expedite your loan funds

    Students should sign up for Direct Deposit through CUNYfirst.
    For more information on Financial Aid, please email

CUNYfirst Financial Aid Tools

If you are receiving Financial Aid you will be able to use CUNYfirst Financial Aid Tools to view all of your information.

CUNYfirst announcements are sent to you via your law school email address, so be sure to check your law school email often for updates and instructions on using CUNYfirst Financial Aid Tools.

In CUNYfirst, you can check your “To-Do List Items” to see if any additional documentation is required to finalize your award package. You can learn more about CUNYfirst and Student Self-Service here.

  • In CUNYfirst, click the link that provides information on viewing, accepting, and declining 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 award 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.

CUNY Student Forms

CUNY Student Forms is our new student portal that allows students to sign and upload documents electronically! This new technology means that you can securely submit your financial aid documents without entering the campus Financial Aid Office. As you and our financial aid staff work through the forms, the CUNY Student Forms software will send you updates in real-time with documentation based on your answers. Once you have submitted all your forms to resolve outstanding financial aid tasks, the integration with our other CUNY applications will update CUNYfirst in real-time.