Financial Aid Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for aid you must complete the following:

1. Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at

2. Create an FSA ID, a username, and password.  This combination allows you to sign your FAFSA form electronically.  Click here to learn how to get an FSA ID –

3. To file the FAFSA, you will need:

  • Your Social Security number (it’s important that you enter it correctly on the FAFSA form!)
  • Your parents’ Social Security numbers if you are a dependent student
  • Your driver’s license number if you have one
  • Your Alien Registration number if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Federal tax information or tax returns including IRS W-2 information, for you (and your spouse, if you are married), and for your parents, if you are a dependent student:
  • Cochran School code: 006443

*Note: the sooner you file, the better. Filing early makes it easier to determine what additional monies you might need.

Are you Eligible?

In addition to documenting financial need, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen – Students with permanent resident status must provide alien registration information
  • Be regularly admitted to and enrolled at Cochran School of Nursing as a matriculated student

Aid Available:

Pell: A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid.  Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who display exceptional financial need and have not earned a bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree. 

Tap: State Grant. You must be a New York State Resident and registered for 12 credits or more to be eligible.

* The need is calculated by using the following formula: EFC – COA (cost of attendance = Need)

Loans Available:

Subsidized loan – Need-based, you do not pay interest or principal back until 6 months after graduation.

Unsubsidized loan – Not need-based, you start paying interest back 60 days after the second disbursement. 

Parent Loan – Federal loans that parents of dependent undergraduate students can use to help pay for college.  Up to cost of attendance.

For additional information regarding Student Financial Aid, please visit the Federal Student Aid website.