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Financial Aid at a Glance
January is Financial Aid Awareness Month!

Financial Aid Resources


Students and Families Can Get Help Completing the FAFSA

Students and parents/guardians can register for FAFSA completion assistance by going to the HESC's website dedicated to encouraging completion of the FAFSA -  Sign up for a hands-on FAFSA workshop on the statewide calendar of FAFSA completion events; Chat online or speak with a HESC representative weekdays between 9am-4pm at 800-808-1790; Get information on the financial aid application process.  For assistance with FAFSA completion events and financial aid presentations, contact HESC at

Attend A SUNY Financial Aid Day

SUNY's Financial Aid Days are offered as a service to all prospective college students and their families.  The programs are designed to answer questions and provide assistance regarding the financial aid application, types of aid available, and the award process.  For additional information and to register, click here.

FAFSA on the Web -

Apply for your FAFSA FSA ID -

CSS Profile -

Financial Aid Estimator - and look for the fafsa4caster on the bottom right under "Thinking about college?"

Scholarship search -

PTSA Scholarship application

In the top 10% of your class?  Going to college at a SUNY or CUNY School?  Interested in majoring in a STEM career?  Click here (pdf) to learn more about a scholarship you may be eligible for!

Excelsior Scholarship Information for Families
This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation's first tuition-free degree program for full time students: the Excelsior Scholarship. A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York's students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed. The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at a SUNY or CUNY community college or university beginning in the fall of 2017.
More than 940,000 middle-class families across New York State will be eligible for the Scholarship. How do you know if you qualify? The requirements are simple:
Students must:
Be residents of New York State
Enroll in a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
Take 30 credits per calendar year (including winter and summer sessions)
Plan to live and work in New York following graduation for the length of time they participate in the scholarship program
The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall of 2017. It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019.

Information regarding the Excelsior Scholarship for the school year 2018-2019 is not yet available.  To receive an electronic notification when the application is live, we encourage you to enter your email in the Excelsior Alert Form on the HESC website:

Please find additional information below on the benefits of the scholarship and how to apply. Students and their families can also visit or  to learn more, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.

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