Undergraduate Aid

Dowling College Financial Aid Department administers federal, state and institutional aid programs, as well as a limited number of privately funded scholarships. The department draws on these programs when making up student financial aid “packages.”

The Federal Pell Grant program is the core federal student aid program. The Financial Aid Department acts as the on-campus administrator for this program, but students apply through the federal processor.

Other programs, such as Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Federal Work-Study, are called campus-based programs because they are entirely administered by the school. Every year, the Department of Education allocates a specific amount of funds to the College for these programs. These funds are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. When the money is depleted, no further funds are available for the academic year.

The Financial Aid Department also coordinates the Federal Direct Loan Program and the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Important Notice All financial aid programs are contingent upon federal, state and institutional appropriations and regulations.  The College reserves the right to adjust awards.

Unless otherwise indicated, the financial aid offer is based on full-time study.

Academic Year

The definition of a financial aid academic year at Dowling College is one in which a student completes a minimum of 30 weeks of instruction and 29.99 semester credit hours. The definition of an Academic Year should not be confused with grade level progression used for Federal student loan programs.

The following grade level progression is used for undergraduate programs:

Grade Level Credits Earned
Freshman 0 – 29.99 semester credit hours earned
Sophomore 30 – 59.99 semester credit hours earned
Junior 60 – 89.99 semester credit hours earned
Senior 90 or more semester credit hours earned

The financial aid award(s) may be adjusted if the student enrolls less than full time.