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Applying for Aid

You have the option to apply for federal financial aid only, or you may apply for both federal and institutional aid.  

For additional information about federal and institutional aid eligibility requirements, click here.

  • Option #1 – Federal Financial Aid ONLY
    • Step 1:  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

      Students may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal student aid anytime after October 1st.  The types of aid available include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans.  

      In order to complete the FAFSA, a student must:

      • Have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password to log in
      • Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Alien Registration Number (if you are a noncitizen)
      • Gather bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) 
      • Gather records of untaxed income (if applicable)
  • Option #2 – Both Federal and Institutional Financial Aid
    • Step 1:  Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

      The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the primary financial aid application and becomes available for filing each year on or after October 1st.  It is required if you would like to apply for federal student aid and if you wish to be considered for institutional aid (scholarship/North Shore-LIJ Health loan).

      In order to complete the FAFSA, a student must:

      • Include parents' information - required for all students who wish to be considered for institutional aid
        • If your parents are divorced/separated or were never married, include your custodial parent's information on the FAFSA and also submit the Non-Custodial Parent Application.  Refer to the Welcome email sent by our office upon deposit for the link to the Non-Custodial Parent Application
        • If you are 29 or older, or if you are married, please contact the Office of Student Finance as you may not need to submit parent information
      • Have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password to log in
      • Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Alien Registration Number (if you are a noncitizen)
      • Gather bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)
      • Gather records of untaxed income (if applicable)
      • Use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) for both you and your parents only if a 2019 tax return was filed
        • In the finances section of the FAFSA, you will see a "Link to IRS" button if you are eligible to use the IRS DRT
          • If you are not eligible to use the IRS DRT, please follow Step 3 below
        • Click the "Link to IRS" button and log in to the IRS to retrieve your tax return information
        • Review your tax return information, and see the tax data that will be transferred into your FAFSA
        • Check the "Transfer My Tax Information into the FAFSA" box, and click the "Transfer Now" button
        • Review your federal tax return information that has been transferred into the data fields on your FAFSA
        • For more information about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, please visit the studentaid.gov website
      • If your parents reside outside the United States, a student must:
        • Select "foreign tax return" for the type of tax return filed on the FAFSA, if applicable
        • Submit a copy of your parents' 2019 foreign tax return and a signed statement of all assets
        • If a tax return is not required to be filed by a particular country, we will accept a signed statement from your parents indicating all income and assets for 2019

      Due to security reasons, all documents must be sent from the student's Hofstra pride email account or faxed to our office at 516-463-7540. The Zucker School of Medicine is committed to keeping your information secure.

    • Step 2:  Complete the Non-Custodial Parent Application – if applicable

      You must submit the Non-Custodial Parent Application only if your parents are divorced, separated, or were never married.  You do not need to submit this application if you are applying for federal student loans only.

      • A link to the application will be provided in the Office of Student Finance's Welcome email upon deposit
      • Submit a copy of his/her 2019 tax return transcript by visiting the IRS website
      • If your Non-Custodial parent resides outside the United States:
        • Submit a copy of his/her 2019 foreign tax return and a signed statement of all assets
        • If a tax return is not required to be filed by a particular country, we will accept a signed statement from your parent indicating all income and assets for 2019

      Due to security reasons, all documents must be sent from the student's Hofstra pride email account or faxed to our office at 516-463-7540. The Zucker School of Medicine is committed to keeping your information secure.

    • Step 3: Submit Supplemental Documents – if applicable


      Students & Parents
      If you filed a 2019 tax return but are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when completing the FAFSA application for any of the below reasons, please submit your 2019 Tax Return Transcript by visiting the IRS website.  

        • You are married and your filing status is Married Filing Separately
        • You are married and your filing status is Head of Household
        • You filed a Form 1040X (amended tax return)
        • You filed a Puerto Rican or foreign tax return

      Due to security reasons, all documents must be sent from the student's Hofstra pride email account or faxed to our office at 516-463-7540. The Zucker School of Medicine is committed to keeping your information secure.

Institutional aid (scholarship and NSLIJ-Health loan) award amounts received as an incoming student are guaranteed and renewable. No additional information is required to continue to receive these awards in future academic years.

To apply for federal student loans (Direct unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS), students must complete the step below:

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal student aid any time after October 1st.  The types of aid available include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans.  

In order to complete the FAFSA, a student must:

  • Have a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID and password to log in
  • Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Alien Registration Number (if you are a noncitizen)
  • Gather bank statements and records of investments (if applicable) 
  • Gather records of untaxed income (if applicable)

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