Office of the President

Office of the President

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT


January 15, 2019

 David Gómez, President
There has been a lot of information and misinformation concerning the federal government shutdown.  We want to assure all of our students, particularly those starting with us in the Spring 2019 semester, that this situation will not affect your ability to get a quality education. We are, as always, prepared to stand by each student every step of the way, and we are moving forward with business as usual on our campus.

Approximately 5,000 students have already enrolled for this new semester; and over 13,000 students filed their applications for federal student aid.  We are working hard to ensure that those applications are minimally affected by the federal government shutdown.  In response to the shutdown, including IRS office closures and disruptions, the Department of Education has provided financial aid guidance that is effective immediately for 2018-2019 federal student aid applications (FAFSA):
 
  • Students selected for verification are now able to submit signed copies of 2016 federal income tax returns (e.g. 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ) instead of a 2016 IRS tax return transcript.

Keep in mind that eligible tax information may also still be submitted when completing the 2018-2019 FAFSA online, by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.  Our unwavering obligation to service and the success of our students includes helping to eliminate financial barriers.
 
Please contact the Financial Aid Office for additional Department of Education details and guidance at (718) 518-6555 or via email to finaid@hostos.cuny.edu.
 
We are here to help in any way that we can.  Our campus remains open to you.
 
Sincerely,

David Gómez, President
David Gómez, Ed.D.
President