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First Step - FAFSA

Complete the FAFSA NOW! All students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) each year in order to receive aid. To apply, visit www.fafsa.govFAFSA® on the Web opens October 1st each year for the following school year. The FAFSA® can also be completed in paper form, but it will take much longer. The 2019–20 FAFSA form is on the myStudentAid app, available on the App Store (iOS) or on Google Play (Android).

Resources for helpCompleting the 2019-20 FAFSA® Form in pdf format; How to Fill Out the FAFSA step-by-step Power Point presentation or YouTube video, or IRS data retrieval tool info-graphic


  • You, and your parent if you are a dependent student (under 24 years of age), will need to request a FSA ID. You will use the FSA ID to "sign" your electronic application. For information about the FSA ID, click here. You may watch a short YouTube video about the process here.
  • BMCC's federal school code is 003186.
    BMCC will receive your FAFSA® in about 2-3 business days after you submit your FAFSA® electronically.

Second Step - FAIR

Turn in the FAIR right away:  When BMCC receives your FAFSA®, an initial email notification will be sent to the email listed on your FAFSA® with instructions to log into your Student WolfWeb account within 3 business days. Log into your Student WolfWeb account to access the Financial Aid Information Request (FAIR) and other documents you may need. The FAIR tells BMCC you want to start the financial aid process. CHECK YOUR BMCC EMAIL OFTEN!

Third Step - Other Documents

BMCC might need to verify information on your FAFSA® and may request additional documents in order to complete your file for awarding. The sooner you get everything turned in, the sooner you get awarded. BE AWARE OF DATES AND DEADLINES!

The initial review of a file can take up to 2-3 weeks (8-10 weeks during peak times such as the start of a new academic year). Please continue to monitor your WolfWeb and student email in case additional documents are required to complete your file.

When all the required items are submitted to the Financial Aid office, your file will move into the final review process. This can take an additional 2-3 weeks. The Financial Aid Office may need to make changes to your FAFSA® based on the documents you provide. If changes are made, an email notification will be send to your WolbWeb account.

Fourth Step - Award Notification

Upon final review, an e-mail will be sent prompting you to access your WolfWeb account to review and accept your award information. If you have questions or special circumstances, contact our office to meet with a Financial Aid Advisor.

Aside from peak processing times, the single most important factor in how quickly we can offer you a financial aid award is how quickly you respond to our requests for information or documentation.



Dependent and Independent Student Definition

Dependency Override: If extenuating family circumstances prevent the student from providing parental information, and the student meets certain criteria, a dependency override petition may be submitted.