Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office
Guttman Community College
50 West 40th Street
The HUB – third floor
New York, NY 10018
Tel: (646) 313-8011/8080


Monday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Office Staff

Cristina Ortiz-Harvey
Director, Financial Aid

Tel: (646) 313-8058

Nick Simos
Associate Director, Financial Aid

Tel: (646) 313-8077

Racquel Valencia
Financial Aid Specialist

Tel: (646) 313-8078

Jessica Portilla
Financial Aid Specialist

Tel: (646) 313-8839

Joanne Esperance
Financial Aid Senior Advisor

Tel: (646) 313-8169

Office of Financial Aid logo featuring the Guttman shield

Our office is committed to helping students complete the financial aid process and get the money they need to attend college.  A college education is one of the best investments you can make, but the cost can often put a strain on your finances. Our mission is to ensure that every eligible Guttman student has access to the financial resources they need to attain their college education. We also strive to provide professional services to students to help remove the financial barriers to their academic goals. Financial need should not prevent you from attending CUNY.

Financial Aid counseling is available on an individual walk-in basis, by appointment, and in group workshops conducted throughout the academic year. Our staff provides assistance filing financial aid forms online and monitors student records to ensure that they comply with federal and state requirements. The office is also responsible for administering the Federal Work-Study Program, beginning with a Work-Study Job Fair early in the semester.

More information and helpful resources about Financial Aid may be found at CUNY’s Financial Aid page and CUNY’s Financial Aid: Paying for College booklet.

“Student Right to Know:” The Consumer Information page provides prospective and current students, parents, counselors, researchers, legislators, and employers access to information to enable consumers to make informed decisions about post-secondary education at Guttman Community College, The City University of New York.

Important Announcements

Excelsior Scholarship Program Read More

Dear Students,

Guttman Community College is excited about participating in the Excelsior Scholarship program.  The Excelsior Scholarship will be implemented over the next three years, with the Fall 2017 as the first opportunity to apply for the scholarship. 

New York State is working on providing colleges with the NYS regulations on how to process the Excelsior Scholarship, which will be made available to colleges by late May/Early June. 

As of today, here are a few important fast facts about the Excelsior Scholarship you need to know:

  1. An application will be required in order to determine eligibility for the scholarship. The application will be made available in late May/early June.
  2. Students must complete a FAFSA and TAP application.  Please remember these applications must be completed yearly.
  3. All requirements to determine eligibility for Federal and State aid must be completed prior to determining your eligibility for the Excelsior Scholarship.
  4. For Fall 2017, the combined Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of the household cannot exceed $100,000.
  5. Must complete 30 credits each academic year
  6. Must maintain a 2.0 GPA

For more general information about the Excelsior Scholarship please visit

We will provide updates as they become available. 


Financial Aid Office


IRS Data Retrieval Tool  Read More

Dear Students,

We regret to inform you that the IRS data retrieval tool is currently unavailable when completing a FAFSA application.

If you have not submitted a FAFSA yet for 2017-18 we are still able to assist you!! Please use your, and your parents 2015 Federal Tax Returns (1040, 1040A/EZ). If you will be visiting us for assistance in completing the FAFSA please make sure you bring the actual federal tax returns for 2015, w-2’s for 2015 and FSA ID’s for you and your parents. We will assist you in accurately completing your FAFSA.

Once again we apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you in filing your FAFSA, however we are diligently working on making sure we provide you with the assistance you deserve in getting it filed soon.


Financial Aid Office

Special Events

You may now apply for financial aid for 2018-2019 as early as October 2017!

The Office of Financial Aid is hosting Applying for Financial Aid Workshops during the months of October and November. These workshops will give you an opportunity to learn about the various financial aid options available. You will also be able to complete your 2018-2019 FAFSA and New York State TAP applications.


October Dates

Date                                                   Time                                          Room

Tuesday,              October 3rd        Common Hour 11:30-1PM          405

Thursday,            October 5th        Common Hour 3-4:30PM             405

Tuesday,              October 10th     Common Hour 11:30-1PM          404

Thursday,            October 12th     Common Hour 3-4:30PM             405

Tuesday,              October 17th     Common Hour 11:30-1PM          007

Tuesday,              October 24th     1-3PM   401

Tuesday,              October 31st      Common Hour 11:30-1PM          405

November Dates                                                            

Date                                                  Time                                            Room

Thursday,            November 2nd Common Hour  3-4:30PM             405

Tuesday,              November 7th  Common Hour  11:30-1PM          006

Thursday,            November 9th  Common Hour  3-4:30PM             405