Help is Available for Families Struggling with New FAFSA

Dominican University New York is offering to help parents and students complete the new FAFSA form to apply for financial aid on Saturday, February 10, 2024, during an Open House for incoming freshman and transfer students. Staff from the Office of Student Financial Services will be available to help families fill out the online application on laptops set up at the Open House.

The federal government rolled out a completely overhauled FAFSA for 2024-2025 in an effort to simplify the financial aid process, but unfortunately there have been some glitches and delays that will lead to later offers of financial aid than in previous years. 

Director of Student Financial Services Stacy Salinas said, “We know our students and parents are worried and frustrated about problems with the new FAFSA form and my staff and I are committed to helping them navigate the financial aid process as best as possible. At the upcoming Open House, we will answer any questions families have and assist them with filing the FAFSA application.”

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and all prospective college students must complete the form to apply for aid including federal grants, work-study funds, and loans.  In addition, colleges use the FAFSA information to determine financial aid packages provided by the school. 

Salinas said staff will be available to help with the FAFSA application from 9 a.m. to  1 p.m. The Open House also includes tours of the campus, as well as presentations on academic programs, student activities, athletics, and more.  For additional information and to register for the Open House, visit

Families of current students who need assistance should stop by the Office of Student Services in Cooke Hall or call 845-848-7821.