First-time college student? Here’s how to apply for financial aid.

If this is your first time applying to college, it’s also your first time applying for financial aid. We’ve made it a little easier to get through the financial aid process by breaking it into individual steps. Through this process, you’ll get all the information you need to apply for grants, 奖学金, loans and work-study programs.

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2024 / 2025 FAFSA Will Be Available in December 2023

Updates to the 2024 / 2025 FAFSA!
The Free Application for Federal Student 援助 (FAFSA) will have major changes for the 2024 / 2025 academic year. These changes include:

expanded eligibility for federal student aid,
a better user experience for the FAFSA form, and
a more streamlined application process.

In addition, the application will be available in December 2023.It is important for students and parents to be informed of any additional changes made to the FAFSA application. For more information please use the following link to the U.S. Department of Education's site.

MCC federal school code: 002872

MCC TAP school code: 2180


应用ing for financial aid can take a little time, but it’s definitely worth it. You’ll have several opportunities to get the money you need to help pay for your education.

The steps listed below are for all students applying to college for the first time, whether you plan to go full-time or part-time. By following these steps, you’ll get through the process as quickly and easily as possible.

If you need help, feel free to contact MCC’s 金融援助 Office at (585) 292-2050 or 电子邮件我们. Feel free to use our financial aid computer lab, where you can get help filling out your financial aid applications.

Keep in mind that you should file early, as it can take several weeks to get your applications approved.

You’ll need this unique login for several important financial aid-related tasks.

应用 for your FSA ID 

The best way to file your Free Application for Federal Student 援助 (FAFSA) 在线. (This is where you’ll need your FSA ID from Step 1.) If you don’t have access to a computer, come to one of our financial aid computer labs, where you can use an MCC computer and get all the help you need.

We recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to complete your FAFSA. Th在线 tool pulls information from your federal tax return and ensures your application is filled out accurately.

Changes to the FAFSA® Process for 2022–23: Submit a FAFSA Earlier
Students will be able to submit a 2022–23 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2021, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2022. Here’s a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA depending on when you plan to go to school:

You Plan to Attend College From: You Will Submit This FAFSA: You Can Submit the FAFSA from: 使用收入 & Tax Info From:
May 2021 - May 2022 2021-22 October 1, 2020-June 30, 2022 2019
May 2022 - May 2023 2022-23 October 1, 2021-June 30, 2023 2020
May 2023 - May 2024 2023-24 October 1, 2022-June 30, 2024 2021

Watch our overview on the FAFSA for First-Time Filers.
FAFSA First-Time Filers-Overview Video

Are you a New York State resident? Do you plan to attend MCC either full- or part-time? You can apply for the New York State 学费 Assistance program (TAP) or 援助 for Part-Time Study (APTS) program. These two grants are provided through the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

MCC’s TAP code is 2180. If you’re not a New York State resident, skip to Step 4.

全职 – TAP is a grant for students meeting residence, 收入, academic or other requirements. When you complete your FAFSA online, you’ll be given a link on the FAFSA website, so you can complete the NYS Express TAP Application (ETA). If you fill out a paper FAFSA, you’ll be sent your ETA by mail.

Keep in mind that getting your official TAP notification will take three to eight weeks. If you’d like to check the status of your TAP application, visit the My HESC Account Access 页面.

兼职 – If you’re planning to attend MCC part-time and meet residence, 收入, academic and other requirements, you can apply for a grant through the New York State 援助 for Part-Time Study (APTS) program. You can get an application at one of the MCC 金融援助 办公室 or download one from our 形式 页面.

  • Deadlines for the APTS – Submit your completed application to the MCC 金融援助 Office prior to the deadlines indicated on the application:
    • Fall semester – usually mid-August
    • Spring semester – usually mid-January

You’ll receive your award notification approximately six to eight weeks after the application deadline. 得到 more information on APTS program.

What is the New York State 学费 Assistance Program (TAP)?
What is the New York State 援助 for Part-Time Study Program (APTS)?

After your FAFSA is processed, you'll receive a Student 援助 Report (SAR) either by email or through the mail, depending on whether you filed an electronic or paper application.

The SAR uses your FAFSA information to determine your estimated family contribution (EFC). Your EFC is the money your family can contribute to help you pay for college. MCC subtracts your EFC from the cost of attendance to figure out your financial need.

Be sure to review your SAR for accuracy. 你可以做 corrections to the FAFSA. If you received your SAR by mail, make the corrections on your paper SAR, then sign and return it to the address on your SAR.

Once the corrections are processed, you’ll receive a revised SAR. Be sure to keep a copy of your SAR for your records.

Watch our informational video:

Is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) the actual amount that we will owe the school?

After your FAFSA is processed, MCC will receive your information electronically. (If you file online, we’ll receive it within one to two weeks. If you complete a paper FAFSA, it will take four to eight weeks. Remember, you can always file your FAFSA online at one of our financial aid computer labs.)

If there is an error in or a verification issue with your FAFSA, the MCC 金融援助 Office will contact you via your MCC email address. We may need additional information to correct these problems before your financial aid can be finalized and applied to your account. So, please check your MCC email every day.

Verification Process

Congratulations! You’ve completed all the necessary financial aid paperwork. We know the process can be time consuming, but it’s definitely worth it. When you receive your notice about your financial aid awards from MCC, any grants for which you’re eligible will be credited toward your tuition charges automatically.

Want to check your aid?

  • 检查你的 FAFSA状态. You will need your FSA ID; if you have forgotten or misplaced it, you can request a new one at the Federal Student 援助 web 页面.
  • 检查你的 龙头地位. You will need your TAP or HESC PIN.
  • 检查你的 MCC application and accept any offered financial aid awards. You will need both your MCC Student ID number and myMCC User ID and Password.

 For more information, watch our 金融援助 videos:

Will financial aid pay for all of my expenses?
Are there resources available in the parents name to help pay for their student’s education?

Please keep in mind that not everyone will qualify for a Federal Pell and/or TAP grant, or be eligible for a grant large enough to meet educational costs. Luckily, there are many other ways to finance your education at MCC:


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