NYIT’s Office of Financial Aid recognizes that to understand the process of obtaining financial aid, the accurate and timely dissemination of information to the consumer is critical. Several policies have been implemented to ensure appropriate dissemination is accomplished. Under federal financial aid program guidelines, schools must annually provide a notice to all enrolled students describing the availability of consumer information. Disclosure requirements are as follows.
Financial Aid Program Information Availability
Financial aid programs that are available to students attending NYIT are distributed through the following documents:
· Aid information folders distributed to students with award letter
· Blast e-mails to students describing various policies and procedures
· Letters to students sent through the U.S. Postal Service
Additional resources are distributed through the Office of Financial Aid, including:
· The Student Guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education
New York State HESC
· Various pamphlets provided by the U.S. Department of Education
· Shopping Sheet provided per Student Financial Aid Packages
Procedures and Forms Required to Apply
The requirements to apply for financial aid are published in the NYIT catalogs, on the NYIT Web site and in all NYIT financial aid publications. In addition, notices announcing deadlines and application availability are distributed on flyers throughout the campuses and are printed in the student newspapers.
Information regarding the following topics is located at NYIT's Website
Academic programs offered by NYIT: Academics
Procedures for officially withdrawing from the college: Registrar
According to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), NYIT is required to comply with the following requirements pertaining to Consumer Information and the dissemination thereof:
Description of institutional policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and civil and criminal liabilities for unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material. See the Student Handbook
for information pertaining to Academic Integrity Policy: Policy and Procedures
Placement information and types of employment obtained by graduates: Career Services
Information regarding NYIT’s intercollegiate athletic programs: Athletics
· Retention Rates for undergraduate students: Fall 2012-Fall 2013 retention rate, first-time full-time bachelor’s-seeking students = 72%
· Completion and Graduation Rates: 6-year graduation rate for bachelor’s-seeking 2007 cohort = 47%
On October 1 of each year, NYIT publishes an annual campus security report
. The report contains:
1. Campus crime statistics for the past three years
2. Statement of current policies regarding reporting criminal action or other emergencies on campus, security of and access to campus facilities, campus law enforcement, types of programs available for drug and alcohol abuse and sexual assault, and procedure to follow when an offense occurs
Terms and conditions of Federal Student Aid Loans: Loans
Drugs and Alcohol
Cost of Attendance
According to the federal definition, the total amount it will cost you to go to school—usually expressed as a yearly figure. It’s determined using rules established by law. The COA includes tuition and fees; on-campus room and board (or a housing and food allowance for off-campus students); and allowances for books, supplies, transportation, loan fees, and, if applicable, dependent care. It also includes miscellaneous and personal expenses, including an allowance for the rental or purchase of a personal computer. Costs related to a disability are also covered. The COA includes reasonable costs for eligible study-abroad programs as well. For students attending less than half-time
, the COA includes tuition and fees and an allowance for books, supplies, transportation and dependent care expenses; but can also include room and board for up to three semesters or the equivalent at the institution, but no more than two of those semesters or the equivalent may be consecutive. Talk to the financial aid administrator at the school you are planning to attend if you have any unusual expenses that might affect your cost of attendance.
Calculating Living Expense Allowance
Students often ask us how we calculate the "living expense allowance" segment of the estimated cost of attendance
for an academic year. There are several answers to the question, depending on the student's dependency status, permanent address, and housing plans for the academic year. The following are variations of the question and the corresponding answers:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does a living allowance include?
A. When we talk about a living allowance, we are referring to:
· The average cost of room in a dormitory and a meal plan for on campus residents; or
· The average cost of rent and food for someone living in an apartment; or
· An allowance for local students who are living in their parent's home.
· Transportation and personal/ miscellaneous expenses are treated separately in the budget. The "cost of attendance" budget includes an allowance for books (depending on major) and a "miscellaneous expense" allowance (for full time undergraduates). The transportation allowance is based on an average mileage amount and a student’s living arrangement (on campus or off).
Q. What is the living allowance for a local student who will live at home with his/her parents?
A. The 2014 - 2015 living allowance for a local student who will live at home with his/her parents is $1,904 per academic year to cover cost of being maintained at home.
Q. What is the living allowance for a student who will reside on campus?
A. Please note that purchase of a meal plan is required for all freshmen residing in the residence halls on the SUNY Old Westbury campus. The requirement for the purchase of a meal plan varies in Manhattan campus residencies.
For the 2014 - 2015 academic year, the average cost of a meal plan at Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses is $4,550 per year. This is the allowance we use in calculating your eligibility for "need-based" financial aid.
For the 2013 - 2014 academic year, the average cost for a dorm room in Old Westbury and Manhattan is $9,128 per year. This is the allowance we use in calculating your eligibility for "need-based" financial aid.
Q. What is the living allowance for students who will live in an apartment?
A. The living allowance is estimated based on average rentals from all local areas for a nine-month period.
Rights and Responsibilities of Federal Student Aid Recipients
As a student financial aid recipient, it is your responsibility to:
1. Complete and submit application materials to the appropriate agencies within required or recommended time frames.
All incoming undergraduates should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
for the 2014 - 2015 year
. Families can use "estimated" tax information to complete the FAFSA
form. However, you should return and update the FAFSA once you submit your final return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Currently enrolled students should complete the FAFSA no later than May 1, 2014
in order to receive priority consideration for all available need-based aid programs for the 2014 - 2015 year.
New York residents must meet all deadlines set by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) for the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).
2. Read all materials sent to you from the Office of Financial Aid and other agencies awarding you aid. Read, understand, and keep copies of all forms you sign.
3. Know and comply with the rules governing the aid you receive. These rules include but are not limited to:
You must not be in default
on any prior educational loan.
4. Provide additional documentation, federal tax return transcripts, W-2's, and any additional information if requested by the Office of Financial Aid.
5. Comply with the provisions of any promissory note and all other agreements you sign.
6. Complete the registration process each semester by the end of the drop/add period in order to ensure availability of all student aid funds you have been awarded.
· Note: Some aid programs are limited and may be subject to cancellation if your registration process is not completed by the end of the drop/add period.
7. Use student financial aid proceeds solely for direct educational costs and related living expenses.
8. Know the implications that dropping a course or withdrawing from NYIT will have on your student financial aid.
9. Students who are receiving federal financial aid funds must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
towards completing their degree program in a timely manner. You must meet these minimum requirements in order to participate in the federal aid programs. NYIT offers a number of resources to help you succeed academically and we expect that you will fully utilize them
. These resources include:
· Learning Center
· Disability Services
· Counseling Center
Report private sources of student financial aid to Office of Financial Aid at the address below. Please submit a copy of your outside scholarship award letter to the Office of Financial Aid.
New York Institute of Technology
Office of Financial Aid
Old Westbury, New York 11568
· Keep your local and permanent addresses current with the Student Records Office.
As a student financial aid recipient, you have the right to:
1. Know the correct procedures for applying for student financial aid, your cost of attendance, and the types of aid available.
2. Know how financial need is determined, what the criteria are for awarding aid, how academic progress is determined, and what you have to do to continue receiving aid.
3. Know the type and amount of assistance you will receive, how much of your need has been met, and how and when you will receive your aid funds.
5. Know the conditions of any loan you accept.
7. Appeal any decision with the Office of Financial Aid in regard to your application. Appeals must be filed no later than 30 days after the original notification that you have been denied aid.
NYIT graduate and undergraduate students who want to attend other institutions in the US or abroad for a semester(s) may qualify to utilize their federal financial aid under a consortium agreement. Students must be approved by their respective academic department prior to attending the semester(s). Students must contact the Office of Financial Aid to complete the Consortium Agreement, provide documentation of the cost of the attendance, course registration, contact information at the other school and their NYIT academic department’s approval at least four weeks prior to the start of the semester(s).
Financial Aid for Contractual Agreement
NYIT students who want to attend other non-Title IV eligible institutions in the United States or abroad for a semester may be able to use federal financial aid under a contractual agreement. Students must be approved by their respective academic department prior to attending the semester(s). At least four weeks prior to the start of the semester, student must contact the Office of Financial Aid to:
1. Insure they have a valid FAFSAon file at NYIT (using Title IV code 002782)
3. Submit documentation of the cost of attendance from the institution to be attended
4. Submit Verification of Enrollment (Course Registration) from the institution to be attended
5. Submit Contact information from the institution to be attended
6. Submit NYIT academic department's approval (Permission to Enroll)
Who Will Send You a Bill?
The U.S. Department of Education is your student loan lender if you received Federal Direct Student Loans while a student at NYIT. If you also received loans through the FFEL Program (through a local lender or servicer), chances are they have or will sell your student loans to the U.S. Department of Education.
Under provisions of the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act
, lenders have the option to "PUT" (sell) loans to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Lenders must notify borrowers if their loans have been sold to the Department of Education.
We have been notified by the following lenders that they intend to sell or have already sold their loan portfolios to the Department of Education:
Chase * Citibank * edamerica* Key Bank * Total Higher Education (THE) * Wachovia Education Finance * Wells Fargo * All Sallie Mae Lenders
Contact information for the Department of Education's Loan Servicing Center:
· By Phone: 800-4-FED-AID (800-433-3243)
· TTY (for the hearing impaired): 800-730-8913
· Locations without access to 800 numbers: 319-337-5665
Borrower services are available 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday
Students receiving federal education loans may obtain deferments while serving in the Peace Corps; under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act
; and as a volunteer for a tax-exempt organization of demonstrated effectiveness in the field of community service. For more information, go to:
Loan Consolidation Programs:
Federal Student Loan Consolidation Programs
Federal Student Loan Consolidation Programs have been popular in recent years. With all of the changes in the federal student loan programs during the past few years, we would anticipate that more students might want to utilize this program so that all of their loan accounts are consolidated with one lender.
How Aid Is Applied to Your Bill
Government Grants and Institutional Scholarships
Once you accept your financial aid offer, any NYIT merit scholarship funds will be credited directly to your account shortly after the end of the drop/add period. If you have completed all the required processing steps for a Federal Pell Grant and/or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, it will also be credited to your account after the end of the drop/add period.
Federal Perkins Loan
A Federal Perkins Loan
will be credited to your account after you sign your Master Promissory Note
where you accept your legal obligation to repay these funds. One-half of these awards are credited each semester. NYIT will not credit these funds until after the drop/add period.
Federal Direct Loans
If you receive a Federal Direct Loan
, the Department of Education will send the funds directly to NYIT each semester for one-half the amount borrowed minus fees. Students applying for their first Federal Direct loan are required by law to complete an entrance interview session
before receiving the loan proceeds. Sessions must be completed online
earnings are not credited to the students’ accounts; students are paid by check bi/monthly. If you have been awarded and have accepted Federal Work Study funds, report to the Office of Student Employment once classes have begun. You should plan to have sufficient funds available to meet incidental, personal expenses until you receive your first paycheck.
New York State Scholarships Programs
How the School Distributes Aid among Students
Please view the website below to view financial aid statistics for NYIT. (Click on the financial aid link - bear in mind the lag in posting data to this site)
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is a federal holiday that commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, and honors all American citizens. A Congressional initiative, authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 (118 Stat.2809, 3344-45 [Section 111]) requires “each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”
NYIT is proud to celebrate this important holiday by offering programs and lectures on September 17 each year. Please check NYIT’s Calendar of Events for information on upcoming events.
In addition, we invite you to explore various repositories of Congressional history at the following links: