Whether your 2020-21 school year began with remote, in-person or hybrid courses, we hope your year has had a successful start.
While the coronavirus’ economic impact caused us to alter our traditional financial aid processing, we’re pleased to report that students are now receiving award notification for Fall 2020 in their HESC student account. Your college will soon defer your tuition charges in the amount of your award.
Need to Confirm Your Citizenship Status?
Did you recently receive a notification in your HESC account requesting that you update your citizenship information on your FAFSA or provide additional documentation to HESC to confirm your status as a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen?
If you have received this notification, please take action as soon as possible to avoid delays in processing your awards. If you graduated from a NYS high school or have a NYS-issued high school equivalency diploma and have a T-Visa, U-Visa, TPS, DACA status, are a non-NYS-resident U.S. citizen or reside in NYS without lawful status, learn if you may be eligible for State financial aid under the NYS DREAM Act.
Check your HESC account for updates.
Current and Former Foster Youth: Extra Assistance is Available
Did you know that students in foster care can receive additional support for housing and meals when they are in college? The NYS Foster Youth College Success Initiative (FYCSI) provides additional support services and funding to help meet the costs of college for eligible students.
FYCSI funding can be used to support your cost of attending college, including housing and meals. To qualify for these funds, you must be enrolled in a State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY) or a private college institution in the state of New York with a Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
To receive FYCSI funding, complete the consent form here.
You can learn more about the program here.