Student Finance



You have the option to apply for federal student aid only, or you may apply for both federal and institutional financial aid. Federal student aid may consist of Direct Unsubsidized and Graduate PLUS student loans. Institutional financial aid may consist of scholarship and/or North Shore-LIJ Health loan for those who qualify.

The 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form is now available but the U.S. Department of Education may pause access to perform maintenance and improve the user experience. Learn more about FAFSA form by visiting the U.S. Department of Education's website.

The U.S. Department of Education will not be sending FAFSA information to schools until mid-March. Don't stress! We are monitoring this closely and your Student Portal will be updated as soon as we receive it.

If you haven't filed yet,


Students may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using Hofstra University's school code 002732 to help pay for your medical school education. The FAFSA becomes available each year on October 1st.

To qualify for federal student aid, students must meet the requirements below:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen;
  • Have a valid Social Security number unless you are from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau;
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in college;
  • Provide consent and approval to have your federal tax information transferred directly to your FAFSA form
  • Sign the certificate statement on the FAFSA form stating that you're not in default on a federal student loan, you do not owe money on a federal student grant, and you'll use federal student aid only for educational purposes; and
  • Show you're qualified to obtain a college or career school education by
    • having a high school diploma or state-recognized equivalent such as a General Education Development (GED) certificate;
    • completing a high school education in a homeschool setting approved under state law (or-if state law does not require a homeschooled student to obtain a completion credential-completing a high school education in a homeschool setting that qualifies as an exemption from compulsory attendance requirements under state law); or
    • enrolling in an eligible career pathway program and meeting one of the "ability-to-benefit" alternatives

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To be considered for institutional aid (scholarship / North Shore-LIJ Health loan), your parents' financial information is required. If they are divorced, separated, unmarried and living together, or never married, both parents' information is requiredProviding this information does not make your parents responsible to pay for your Medical School education or require them to support you in any way.

  1. Submit the FAFSA form using Hofstra University's school code 002732
  2. Submit the Institutional Financial Aid Application(s) and Upload Parents' Tax Returns -Links to these applications will be provided in the How to Apply for Financial Aid at ZSOM email sent to accepted students shortly after your enrollment deposit is received
  3. Any additional supporting documents requested by the Office of Student Finance

Note: Institutional aid is not guaranteed, and dependent upon eligibility and availability of funds at the time your application is complete.

Special Circumstances:

  • If you are 26 years old or above as of August 1st of the current FAFSA year, a sliding scale will be used the calculate the parent contribution 
  • If you are 30 years old or above as of August 1st of the current FAFSA year, parent information is not required if the student's income is above the FAFSA year poverty level for household size
  • If you are married, parent information is required if the student/spouse combined income is below the FAFSA year poverty level for household size
    • Age phaseout policy also applies
  • Active-duty military or honorably discharged veterans are not required to submit parent information, regardless of age

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