Applying for Financial Aid

We are committed to helping you afford a Fisher education. Let's walk through the process step-by-step.

Step 1: File FAFSA

To be considered for federal grants and loans, state grants, or Fisher need-based awards, you must apply to the College, be accepted, and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online beginning October 1. File the 2017-18 FAFSA if you plan on attending summer 2017, fall 2017, and/or spring 2018.

Fisher's Federal School Code is 002821.

Students (and parents, if applicable) will need to create an FSA ID – a username and password combination that you’ll use to sign the FAFSA and access certain websites related to your federal financial aid.

You may be able to automatically import your tax information directly into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRS DRT). For more information, refer to Simple Steps to Transfer Tax Information Into Your FAFSA [pdf].

The FAFSA priority deadline for undergraduate students is January 15. Graduate students are encouraged to file the FAFSA two months prior to the start of the semester.

Meeting the filing deadlines will assure you are given full consideration for Fisher grants and scholarships. If you miss the deadline, it is not too late! File the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Step 2: File TAP Application

Undergraduate New York State residents can also access the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grant application from the FAFSA confirmation page or at

Fisher's NYS TAP Code is 0735.

Step 3: Receive Financial Aid Package

Approximately one week after filing the FAFSA, Fisher will receive the results of your application. Our financial aid staff will use this information to create your financial aid package.

Initial financial aid awards for new undergraduate and graduate students are typically mailed during the third week of February. Continuing students will be notified via email when they are able to access their awards via Fish 'R' Net.

Once you've received and reviewed your financial aid package, feel free to contact Financial Aid with any questions or concerns.

Video Tutorials

Create an FSA ID

Watch this video from for instructions on how to create an FSA ID.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

Watch this video from for instructions on how to fill out the FAFSA.