Apply for Aid

The first step in applying for financial aid is to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This application is used to determine your eligibility for all types of federal student aid (grants and loans). The 2019-2020 application will be available after October 1, and will cover periods of enrollment in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. To complete the FAFSA you will need:

  • Your social security number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Use the IRS data retrieval option when completing the FAFSA to import your tax information from the IRS or, have a copy of your 2017 Federal Income Tax Return– 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ. You will also need a record of any untaxed income (such as child support received).

If you are a dependent (single, under 24 years old, and do not have children, you will also need the above information for your parents.

The Federal School Code for Geneva General Hospital’s Schools of Nursing:                                                                                   (Marion S. Whelan & the Finger Lakes Health College of Nursing) is:


The Federal Processor will forward the application to the school within 7 days. If your file is selected for verification, you will be asked to submit a copy of your 2017 IRS tax transcript and/or income information to the school for review. If there are errors on your application, the Financial Aid Office will make the appropriate corrections to your FAFSA.

Once you have completed your FAFSA, you will need to apply for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). The easiest way to apply for TAP is through the FAFSA. You will find a link to the HESC website on the submission confirmation page of the FAFSA.

TAP on FAFSA conf pgThe TAP Code is:   Marion S. Whelan School of Practical Nursing: 1551


Didn’t Apply for TAP through the FAFSA? You Can Still Apply:

New York State (NYS) residents attending NYS schools can link directly to the TAP application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page. If you exited the FAFSA before completing the TAP application, HESC will automatically receive your information in about 3 days. HESC will then send you an email or postcard with directions to complete the TAP application online.

Additional Information

If you already have a 2019-2020 FAFSA application on file and our school is not listed as an institution eligible to receive your data, you can:

If you already have a 2019-2020 TAP application on file and our school is not listed as an institution eligible to receive your data, you can either:

  • Contact NYS HESC to report a change at (888) 697-4372, or
  • Submit your change via the Web at