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
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 My Financial Aid Status on CUNYFirst


Log on to your CUNYfirst account click on:

►Self Service
►Student Center
►(To the right) View your “To Do List" box.

The “to do list” will show you if there are any other required items/steps needed to complete your Financial Aid process. If you have any items listed on your to do list, click on “more”. Each to do item will have its own link which will give you further instructions. 

If you do not have any items on your “to do list”, scroll down to the “Finances” section:

View financial aid 
Select 2018 if you wish to view awards for the Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 academic year.

NOTE: If you have not yet enrolled in courses for the semester you are viewing, the awards displayed will represent full-time enrollment. To view your calculated awards as a part-time student, locate your EFC# by clicking on:

 “Full-Yr Financial Aid Summary”, view your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) #.
Go to the Hostos Financial Aid "printable forms" section of the webpage and search for the “Pell Award Chart (EFC Chart)”Locate the range of your EFC# then move to the right until you match the column matching your enrollment status. The intersecting box will reveal your Pell award per semester.



In the Finances section, click on “Account Inquiry”  ►“summary” tab:

“Outstanding Charges” = Tuition
“Pending Financial Aid” = Awards being used towards your balance
“Total Due” = Your balance (a blank space or no amount indicates there is no balance)

NOTE: Payments are made to your account during the semester you are enrolled in and after verification of your enrollment. Funds may be disbursed in one or more payments. You can track the payments made to your account by clicking on the “Activity” tab. Make sure you are viewing the correct term/semester.

To complete a “Supplement Form”: 

 ►(In the “Finances” section)  Supplement Form

For Institution: Click on the magnifying glass à (Under “search results”) select the Academic institution you will attend.  For Hostos, you may also enter “HOS01” in the box.

For Aid Year: Click on the magnifying glass à (Under “search results”) select the Academic Year you will attend (2018 represents the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 academic year). Complete the displayed online form, answer the questions that apply to you and your parents if you are a dependent student and click on “submit”.

NOTE: Federal Work study and Perkin Loans must be manually accepted to be received.


To accept the awards (on the student center page):

 ► Accept/Decline Awards
 ►Select Aid Year 2018 (for Aid Year 2017-2018)


The student is responsible for the tuition amount that is not covered by Financial Aid.  Allow at least 48 business hours after enrolling courses for the Financial Awards to be calculated.


Viewing a summary of your awards and estimated Financial Aid budget.

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.

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.

For questions about your CUNY first account, contact:
718-518-6622 or 718-518-4444
Room C-595