Financial Aid

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Attending college is one of the best investments you will ever make in yourself. Financial aid is available to assist you with educational expenses when your resources do not fully meet college costs. Federal and state financial aid is based on the philosophy that parents have the primary responsibility for financing their child's education. At Tompkins Cortland Community College we are committed to helping you navigate the application process and maximize financial aid awards from all possible sources.

What is financial aid? Simply put, financial aid is any money that does not come out of yours or your parents’ back pockets. Over 90% of students attending Tompkins Cortland Community College receive some form of financial aid such as grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, tuition waivers and veteran educational benefits.

School Codes

FAFSA: 006788 | TAP: 2260

Getting Started

You can start the financial aid application process for federal and New York State aid in three simple steps:

  1. Apply for an FSA ID online at https://fsaid.ed.gov. The FSA ID serves as your electronic signature.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.
  3. New York State residents should link to the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application from the confirmation page of the FAFSA.

Detailed information on the financial aid application process can be found under Applying for Financial Aid.