Application Process

Federal Grants (PELL, SEOG) and Loans


Attention Tax Filers: We urge you to utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when filing your FAFSA. For instructions read #3 below and select verification.

  1. After filing the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) from the processor via email. The SAR will be mailed to you in the event you do not have a valid email address (i.e., in one week for electronic filing; four to six weeks for paper filing).
  2. If your SAR is incorrect or additional information is needed, go to fafsa.ed.gov to make corrections. Once you sign into fafsa.ed.gov, you may click the link to "Make FAFSA Corrections."
  3. If selected by the Department of Education for verification you must submit appropriate income tax transcripts from the IRS and download the appropriate Verification Worksheet. The Department of Education randomly selects students and you may be required to verify such items as Child Support Paid, SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), high school graduation or equivalent, and identity.
  4. Access your financial aid on the student portal at sunysuffolk.edu. Students offered federal work-study or a federal Direct Student loan must accept or decline on the student portal, sunysuffolk.edu. Select "MySCCC" and then choose Financial Aid. There you will find your financial aid status. Select "Accept Award Offer."
  5. If your award offer does not include a student loan and you wish to borrow funds for your education, complete the Student Loan Request/Adjustment Form and submit to your campus financial aid office.
  6. First time borrowers must complete an entrance interview at www.studentloans.gov.
  7. If you were awarded a loan your must sign your electronic Master Promissory Note (e-MPN) at www.studentloans.gov.
  8. You must sign the e-MPN before the Department of Education can release your funds. You will need to sign the e-MPN using your Federal Pin Number.
  9. The Department of Education will send you a loan disclosure notice which indicates your loan approval and or denial as well as the type of loan and amount.
  10. Loans will not be deducted from your tuition bill until the above steps are taken. It is recommended that you complete these steps before June 30th for the fall semester and December 10th for the spring semester.
  11. Financial aid may be reduced or cancelled if a student drops or withdraws from any
    course(s).

State Grants (TAP)

The New York State TAP program is for full time students (12+ credits per semester).

  1. After filing the FAFSA, on the confirmation page, you will see a link to NYS Higher Education TAP Application. This application allows you to file for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program.
  2. If you miss the link from the online FAFSA you may apply at www.tapweb.org. The Suffolk CCC school code is 2157.
  3. You will be able to check your TAP status on the HESC website.
  4. Your TAP funds will be disbursed to your college tuition account upon receipt.

State Grants (APTS)

The APTS program is available to part time students (3-11 credits), which must include at least one 3-credit college-level course.

  1. After filing the FAFSA, download the Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) application or obtain an application at your campus Financial Aid Office.
  2. Complete the APTS application and submit it to your campus Financial Aid Office along with a signed copy of your NY State Tax Return. If you are a dependent, please also submit a signed copy of your parent's NYS tax return.
  3. Your campus Financial Aid Office will notify you about your eligibility.
  4. APTS awards will be disbursed to your college account upon receipt.
  5. Note that your APTS award may be reduced for each course from which you withdraw.