After You Apply

After You Apply
Always remember a college education is an excellent investment in your future.

Keep track of your Financial Aid

1.  Check your CUNY First Account
  • Check the Status of your financial aid in the CUNY First->Self-Service->Student Center
    • Make sure to check your “To Do” list for any edits that need to be address
2.  Check your personal and student emails on a regular basis to stay informed.

3.  Please reply to all requested information from the office of Financial Aid by the assigned deadline.

Check Your Financial Aid Status

Please Note: You must be enrolled /registered for classes to view your awards in CUNY First
  1. Log in to CUNY First
  2. Enter your Username and Password and click the Go icon.
  3. Select > Enterprise Menu > Select HR/Campus Solutions
  4. Navigate to: Self Service > Student Center.
  5. In the Finances section, click the View Financial Aid link.
  6. On the Select Aid Year to View page in the Aid Year column, click the link for the year that you wish to view.
  7. On the Award Summary page, view the total for the year in the Aid Year section and the total by term in the Terms section.
  8. Click the Full-Yr Financial Aid Summary link to display a budget total and total aid.
  9. On the Full-Yr Financial Aid Summary page, click Estimated Financial Aid Budget link displayed as an amount.
  10. The Estimated Financial Aid Budget displays by term with a breakdown by category.
  11. Select the Return link on both the Estimated Financial Aid Budget and Full-Yr Financial Aid Summary pages.
  12. On the Award Summary page in the Terms section, click the View Scheduled Disbursement Dates link.
  13. The Scheduled Disbursements page displays with projected dates for award disbursements.
  14. Note: At the time of disbursement, these amounts display as a payment.
  15. Select the Return to Award Summary link.
End of Procedure.

Verification Process
Verification is the process that the U.S. Department of Education uses to make sure that the information reported on the FAFSA is accurate. Some FAFSA applications are selected because of inconsistent information, and others are chosen randomly.

For applications that are selected, the Office of Financial Aid may request copies of the following documentation:
  • Verification Work-sheet
  • Tax Return Transcripts
  • W-2 Forms
  • Un-taxable income
    • Social Security Income
    • SNAP
    • TANF
    • Court ordered Child Support received
    • Workers Compensation
    • Veteran Benefits (Non-education)
  • Any other inconsistent or conflicting information
The information provided by students on the FAFSA is compared to the tax information submitted to the IRS. However, if while completing the FAFSA application the IRS Data Retrieval Tool was utilized, collection of taxes is not required.
  • The college can no longer accept copies of tax returns that you or your tax preparer completed.
Upon collection of documents, information will be reviewed by financial aid personnel and if necessary, corrections will be made accordingly.  Students will be notified of any corrections made and how their financial aid eligibility will be affected by such corrections. Reprocessing is usually accomplished in about 10-14 business days.
  • The college cannot make any federal financial aid payments available to a student or process a student loan request until all verification requirements have been met and the necessary corrections have been made.
Important Reminder: Once a student has submitted information to the Office of Financial Aid in reference to the verification process, no further changes to the FAFSA application should be made by the student, unless he/she speaks with a financial aid representative first.