Call 631/261-3600, x214
Don’t let limited finances prevent you from learning the skills necessary for the job you want. Financial help is available to students who qualify in these programs:
To receive federal financial aid, you must:
Be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen
Be enrolled as a regular student in an eligible certificate program (listed above) at BOCES
Be a high school graduate, have a recognized GED or meet “ability to benefit” guidelines of federal government.
NOTE: As of July 1, 2012, you must have either a high school diploma or a GED. The "ability to benefit" guidelines will not be applicable after that date.
For grants, be a student who has not earned a bachelor’s degree yet
Not be in default on previous student loans or owe a refund on previous grants
Make satisfactory academic progress as defined by BOCES
Be registered for Selective Service if male and 18 years or older
How to Request Financial Aid
First time applicants will complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This can be done online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please apply online to have your application processed as quickly and accurately as possible. To inquire about receiving a paper FAFSA form, call 1-800-4FED-AID. You must apply for financial aid every year! Students who filed a FAFSA in the current academic year may use the Renewal Application. Include the Western Suffolk BOCES federal school code 010147 on your FAFSA. Students and parents must submit copies of federal tax returns, W2 forms, and other douments if requested.
Determining Financial Need
Generally, financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need. When submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov, you are asking the government to look at your income, dependents and assets and calculate how much you and your family can be expected to contribute towards education. Financial need is the cost of education less the amount you can contribute.
What's the Net Price for You?
To calculate the estimated net price you will pay, click on one of the seven BOCES programs below. The calculator uses both student-entered and BOCES provided data to allow prospective students to calculate their estimated net price at BOCES based on the following basic formula: price of attendance minus grant aid.
Federal Pell Grants
Based on federal eligibility determined by the FAFSA, this award money is used for tuition and does not have to be repaid.
Federal Direct Loans
Students may qualify for subsidized or unsubsidized loans based on financial need.
Federal Plus Loans
Available to eligible parents of dependent students. Repayment of principal and interest begins immediately.
Monthly Payment Plan
BOCES offers convenient monthly payment plans for licensing and full-time programs. Ask about this option when you register.
Workforce Investment Act
If you are unemployed, you may be eligible for a government training program. Call a Wilson Tech representative at 631/667-6000, x327 for details.
Notification of Award
After filing your FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report. At this point, contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss eligibility for grants and loans. After completing authorization for funds with the Financial Aid Office and enrolling, you will receive an award letter from the Bursar at BOCES.
Q: I probably don’t qualify for aid. Should I apply anyway?
A: Yes! Many families mistakenly think they don’t qualify. Don’t make this mistake.
Q: Do I need to be admitted before applying for aid?
A: No. You can apply at any time. To receive funds, you must be enrolled.
Q: Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?
A: Yes. Depending on the status of your financial circumstances in comparison to the year before, you may receive more or less aid.
Q: Do you accept TAP?
A: No. New York State ’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is an award for degree programs. BOCES offers programs that lead to certificates or licenses.
Q: What is the Western Suffolk BOCES federal school code?
Q: How long does it take for me to get my Student Aid Report (SAR)?
A: If you apply online using your PIN for electronic signature, you will get a SAR in 6 to 10 days. If you apply online and mail the signature page in, you will get a SAR in 2 to 3 weeks. If you apply by mailing in the paper form, you will get a SAR in 3 to 4 weeks.
Call 631/261-3600, x214 for information about financing your education at BOCES.