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.

New Students

Students may submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for federal student aid any time after October 1st using Hofstra University's School Code 002732.  The types of aid available include the Federal Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS loans.  

Students with completed financial aid applications will begin to receive award packages in March. Applications submitted after April 1st will be processed on a rolling basis and award offers are not guaranteed to be received by April 30th (National Decision deadline).

Award notifications will be emailed to your Hofstra pride account.  Access to your pride account will be granted after the enrollment deposit is received.

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)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the primary financial aid application and becomes available for filing each year on October 1st It is required for students who would like to borrow federal student loans (Direct Unsubsidized/Graduate PLUS) and for students who wish to be considered for institutional aid (scholarship/North Shore-LIJ Health loan).  The school code is Hofstra University - 002732.

Completed applications must be received by March 1st to guarantee consideration for institutional aid (scholarship/North Shore-LIJ Health loan).  Applications submitted after April 1st will be processed on a rolling basis and award offers are not guaranteed to be received by April 30th (National Decision deadline).

Students with completed financial aid applications will begin to receive financial aid award packages in March.  Award notifications will be emailed to students' Hofstra pride account.  Access to your pride account will be granted after the enrollment deposit is received.

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 married, please contact the Office of Student Finance as you may not need to submit parent information 
    • Students who will be 29 or older as of August 1st of the year they matriculate will have their Parent(s) Estimated Financial Contribution (EFC) considered on a prorated basis with respect to their institutional aid application
  • 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 and use the information on the return to fill out the FAFSA form. Monetary units must be converted to U.S. dollars using the published exchange rate as of the date you filed the FAFSA
    • If a tax return is not required to be filed by a particular country, we will accept a signed statement from your parents' employer indicating all income earned in 2019 and a signed statement from your parents indicating all assets in 2019

 

Due to security reasons, all documents must be sent from the student's secure 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.

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

  • A link to the application will be provided in the Office of Student Finance's Welcome email upon enrollment 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's employer indicating all income earned in 2019 and a signed statement from your parent indicating all assets in 2019. Monetary units must be converted to U.S. dollars using the published exchange rate as of the date you filed the FAFSA.

 

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.

Students & Parents
If you filed a 2020 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 2020 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.

Continuing Students

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.  Please note that guaranteed award amounts do not include any additional award received through a financial aid appeal. Awards granted through appeals are one-time awards (not renewable) and an appeal form must be submitted each aid year by the August 15th deadline.

All continuing students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application each year no later than March 15th to apply for federal student loans (Direct Unsubsidized/Graduate PLUS). If your application is received after this deadline, there is no guarantee that federal student loans will be offered prior to the date at which your bill is due.  

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

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students may submit the FAFSA any time after October 1st using Hofstra University's School Code 002732.  

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)