Eligibility for Student Aid At Vaughn

College can be expensive―but don’t let the cost of an education get in the way of pursuing your career. Vaughn College offers federal, state and institutional funds to help students pay for their education. In fact, 90 percent of our students are eligible for some type of financial aid, with the average package totaling more than $15,000 per year. This is just one of the many reasons Vaughn students have the ability to pursue their dreams―easing their overall educational costs and college expenses, and having the comfort factor and confidence to focus on what really matters: earning their degrees.

How to Reach Us

Zoom: A video communication platform is an alternative to face-to-face meetings.

  • Visit the official Zoom website. You do NOT need a login or password for this website.
  • From the upper right-hand corner click “Join”.
  • Enter the appropriate meeting ID for each department (in bold below)
    • Click Join.
    • Zoom will launch if it has already been installed.  If not, it will install itself the first time only.
    • You will be placed into a waiting room.  A Financial Aid Adviser will connect you when it is your turn for assistance.


Assists you and your family with information on deadlines for student aid applications, help submitting applications, and ways to pay for education.

To reach a financial aid representative:

  • Email us and one of our financial aid representatives will set-up a time to contact you.
  • Call us.
  • In person office hours: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 678 686 441
    • The Financial Aid Zoom Room Hours:
      • Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.





The first step is to apply for financial aid by filing  the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you live in New York, you’ll also have the opportunity to complete a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application during the online FAFSA application process. Our office can help you apply for financial aid.

What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. It is used to determine your eligibility for federal loans and grants. It is also used by most higher education institutions in their own aid calculations. At Vaughn College, we also use the FAFSA when calculating aid.

Who needs to complete the FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is completed every year by nearly 18 million students. Yet many students and families miss out on financial aid because they skip completing the FAFSA. Everyone should complete the FAFSA every year.

Why is the FAFSA changing?

The FAFSA Simplification Act is an overhaul of the current FAFSA system. The new system will be used to award aid starting with the 2024–25 award year.

The FAFSA opened December 31 for the 2024-25 Academic Year, What’s Next?

  • Fewer Questions:  the FAFSA Simplification Act has significantly reduced the number of questions from 104 to 36.
  • Skipped Questions: Applicants will be able to skip as many as 26 FAFSA questions, depending on their individual circumstances. Some applicants will need to complete as few as 18 questions, taking less than 10 minutes.
  • No More EFC: Instead of calculating an EFC (Expected Family Contribution), you’ll now be provided with a SAI (Student Aid Index), a concept similar to EFC, determining aid based on income.
  • More Grants: The adjustment means more students will qualify for Pell Grants, which do not require repayment. Notably, the FAFSA application window for Fall 2024 opens on December 31, and utilizing your income tax return can streamline the process.
  • Potential Change: For those with siblings in college, farm or small business income, or unique circumstances, your aid calculations might undergo changes. Applying early allows you ample time to plan for these adjustments.

What hasn’t changed?

  • The FAFSA is a vital tool for finalizing your financial aid package.
  • Everyone should complete a FAFSA to start your financial aid process
  • Completing your FAFSA as soon as possible helps you receive a financial aid package as soon as possible too.
  • You can use the data form your tax returns to speed up the process. The FAFSA system can pull your data from the IRS database if you choose.

I submitted my FAFSA, Now What?

  • Students and families will have ample time to complete the 2024-25 FAFSA, and do not need to rush to fill out the form immediately when the soft launch period opens, as FSA will not transmit results to schools until later in January.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 

Once the students complete the FAFSA application and if they are eligible, they may be offered federal grants, work-study, and student loans.  

Vaughn Federal Code 002665

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What is TAP?

  • TAP helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools within the state.
  • It’s a grant, which means you don’t have to repay it.

Recent Expansion: What’s New?

For the first time in 25 years, TAP is increasing income eligibility and the minimum award.

Who Is Eligible?

To qualify, you must:

  • Be a legal resident of New York State for 12 continuous months
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen.
  • Have graduated from a U.S. high school, earned a GED, or passed an approved “Ability to Benefit” test.
  • Study at an approved postsecondary institution in New York.
  • Maintain good academic standing.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (12 or more credits per semester). See below for info on part-time TAP.
  • Meet income eligibility limits.
  • Not be in default on any state or federal student loans.

Part-Time TAP

  • Enrolled in six to 11 credits.
  • Maintain a “C” average.

 Not a Citizen?

How to Apply

The easiest way to apply for TAP is by completing the federal FAFSA form.

New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page.


Speak to one of our advisers in the financial aid office. We can help you complete the forms or develop a plan to help you pay for the cost of college and a great education and experience. We can help you apply for financial aid today.

How to reach us: 1.866.VAUGHN, ext. 100
When to see us:

Our office is open by appointment only Monday through Thursday.