Fall 14 - HS Counselors E-News: In this Issue

New York Launches a FAFSA Completion Initiative
New York State's student financial aid agency - the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) - is spearheading the state's participation in the national FAFSA Completion Initiative. The goal of the initiative, implemented by the U.S. Department of Education with the assistance of state grant agencies, is to help increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Read more.

Join New York's College Application Week
Your high school is invited to participate in New York State's Second College Application Week.
College Application Week (CAW) is a national initiative with the goal to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to college. The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), New York's student financial aid agency, coordinates College Application Week. Read more.

High School Counselor Workshop Coming to Your Region
Beginning November 10 in Canton and wrapping up December 12 in New York City, experts from HESC,college admissions representatives, and the New York State Financial Aid Administrators
Association (NYSFAAA) are again offering workshops on topics high school counselors have identified. Read more.

HESC Website Gets a Make-Over
Everyone needs a make-over now and then, and the HESC website is no exception. The new HESC.ny.gov was designed to encompass the wide variety of devices in use by students and educators. Its reflexive capability allows the site to be viewed on full-size computer monitors all the way to hand-held smart phones in an interactive, intuitive format. Read more.

A CREATE-ive Way to Get Tech into Schools
Raise your hand if your school, library or non-profit could use additional computers…nearly every organization can. Realizing the need for current technology in resource lean institutions, the CREATE (Computer Recycling for Education and Technology Enhancement) program, administered by the New York State Education Department, distributes state-owned surplus computer equipment to public schools, libraries and other non-profit organizations providing assistance to underserved students, individuals with disabilities and other at-risk populations. Read more.

Your 'Go-To' Resource for College Access and Financial Aid Info
The beginning of a new school year is a good opportunity to remind you of the variety of resources available at HESC. We help people pay for college by providing information and tools for high school counselors and others who assist students with college access, selection and financial aid.  Read more.

From the E-Library: Making the Most of Your College Fair Visit
HESC offers tips to help your students be prepared for their college fair visit.

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Keep your school counseling office stocked with free financial aid publications from HESC.

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