CUNY Campuses Participate in Financial Aid Awareness Month

The City University of New York is participating in New York State’s “Financial Aid Awareness Month” throughout January. Financial aid officers on all 20 CUNY campuses are prepared to provide information for prospective college students and their parents. January is the month when students should begin applying for federal, state and campus-based financial aid for the 1997-98 academic year.

Financial aid is extremely important to the success of CUNY students, and detailed information is essential in guaranteeing access to higher education. “More than half of students at CUNY senior colleges, and 60% at our community colleges, receive financial aid,” noted Chancellor W. Ann Reynolds. State and federal financial aid programs such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Pell Grant program are available for students who qualify.

Prospective students and parents may call a toll-free financial aid information hotline, 1-800-689-1669, from now through January 31 between noon and 7 p.m. on weekdays. Experts will take calls about any and all aspects of financial aid, including questions related to filling out applications. The hotline is jointly sponsored by the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association and the Higher Education Services Corporation, the State’s student financial aid agency.

Individuals wishing to apply for admission to any of the CUNY campuses may call (212) 947-4800 to request an application or counseling.