Financial Aid

Mission Statement:
To provide students and their families with the financial aid resources necessary to achieve their academic goals. Our professional Financial Aid Associates will meet with you to review your specific needs and help you identify financing options available through institutional, federal, state, and private sources and guide you through the application procedures.

Important information about Financial Aid:
There are numerous sources of financial aid available to help students fulfill their goal of earning a degree from Dowling College. More than three out of every four Dowling students receive some form of financial aid to cover all or part of their educational costs. Many of our students do borrow loans to help cover these educational costs.

Dowling College has a rich tradition of bringing a high-quality education within the financial reach of all our students. We hope the information provided here will be a valuable resource for you. We wish you the best of luck in preparing for and completing your college education!

Financial aid programs available at Dowling College include:

Additional information concerning all aid programs is available in the Financial Aid Office, all awards are made through this office.

Applying for Financial Aid:
For many students, financial aid can greatly affect their decision about whether or not to attend college or which institution to attend. Because of its importance, the decision to apply for financial aid, as well as which financial aid programs to accept, should be made only with a complete understanding of the process, requirements, benefits and responsibilities.

Financial aid is any scholarship, grant, loan, or part-time employment offered for the express purpose of helping a student pay education-related expenses. Such aid is usually provided by federal, state, institutional or private agencies. If you qualify, you may be offered a combination of these types of aid, depending on your financial need and the funds available.

Who Should Apply for Aid?
The only way to tell if you are eligible to receive aid is to apply for it. Many factors are taken into account when awarding aid. Therefore, everyone who needs financial assistance to attend college should apply.

You may only be interested in part-time work, a scholarship or a federal student loan. All of these are considered financial aid. Currently, more than 3 out of every 4 students at Dowling College receive some form of financial assistance.

Who is Eligible to Apply?
Eligibility requirements for most financial aid programs at Dowling College are listed here. Some programs will list additional eligibility requirements.

You must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident alien
  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment, at least halftime, in a degree program
  • Make satisfactory academic progress towards a degree
  • Register with the Selective Service Administration, if required to do so
  • Not be in default on a loan or owe a repayment on a previous financial aid award received at Dowling College or any other institution
  • Establish financial need by submitting a completed FAFSA to the U.S. Dept. of Ed. at


FAFSA on the Web:
Check out FAFSA on the Web to apply online for Student Financial Aid! You can use a Macintosh, IBM-compatible or UNIX computer to access these applications and send your application information to the Federal Department of Education. This online process saves time and provides instant editing of your aid application.

Your Federal FSA ID

Your Federal FSA ID is your identifier enabling you to access personal information in various U.S. Department of Education systems including applying for Federal Student Aid. You can request a FSA ID, a replacement FSA ID or update your FSA ID mailing address at

Your FSA ID can be used to:

  • Gain access to FAFSA/ Renewal FAFSA on the Web
  • Use the FSA as an electronic signature to sign the FAFSA or obtain a copy of your FAFSA information
  • Make online corrections to your FAFSA
  • Review your online loan and grant history on the National Student Loan Data System

Important Note:

Because your Federal FSA ID serves as your electronic signature, you should not give your FSA ID to anyone. Please keep your FSA ID in a secure location, the FSA ID will be required each year you submit your FAFSA form.

File for Financial Aid – Priority Deadline March 1, 2016
If you are applying for financial aid in the 2016-2017 academic year, you must complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form immediately. If you require further information, please go to, or call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).

Title IV School Code Dowling College’s financial aid code is: 002667

Review Your Financial Aid Status Online: Accepted and enrolled students can check the status of their Financial Aid at Dowling College 24/7.

  • Check disbursements to your student account
  • Complete a tuition deferment
  • Make payments to Dowling College

Interim NYS Financial Aid Award InformationDownload the form

Contact Information:

Financial Aid Department
TEL: 631-244-1818
FAX: 631-244-1131
Hours: Monday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m – 5 p.m.

1-800-DOWLING (1-800-369-5464)

Rudolph Campus at Oakdale
Fortunoff Hall Room 105
150 Idle Hour Blvd.
Oakdale, NY 11769

Code of Conduct:
The Financial Aid Department conducts all activities in accordance with the College Mission, Human Resource Policies and adheres to the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator’s Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals.