Encourage Your Juniors to Get Their FSA IDs Soon

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to receiving student financial aid. Each student, and at least one of his or her parents or guardians, must now have an FSA ID to electronically sign and submit the FAFSA.

Now is a great time for your current high school juniors to get their FSA IDs, ahead of the new October 1 FAFSA application filing start date, It just takes about 10 minutes, and investing the time now will help ease the FAFSA completion process in the fall.

Encourage your high school juniors and their parents or guardians to visit Federal Student Aid to create their FSA IDs this spring!

HESC Partner Access for High School Counselors

HESC’s Partner Access for High School Counselors page has the information and tools you need to help your students and families.

The 2016-17 FAFSA: The Basics

Starting January 1, your graduating seniors can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – the FAFSA – at fafsa.ed.gov to be considered for financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year.

To get started, students and parents should:

  • Get their FSA IDs from fsaid.ed.gov.
  • Have their 2015 federal tax returns, if available, and other income information, or estimate their 2015 income information.
  • Correct any tax or income information after their taxes have been filed using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.

For more information on applying for financial aid, visit hesc.ny.gov.



Student Financial Aid Awareness 2016

HESC’s website dedicated to encouraging completion of the FAFSA, StartHereGetThere.org, is now live.

Encourage your students and parents to visit StartHereGetThere.org to:

  • Sign up for a hands-on FAFSA workshop on the statewide calendar of FAFSA completion events.
  • Chat online or speak with a HESC representative on a toll-free hotline.
  • Find information on the financial aid application process.

STEM Incentive Program

The NYS STEM Incentive Program application is now available for your 2016 graduates!

The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full tuition scholarship to the top 10 percent of students in each NYS high school if they pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in a STEM program of study at a SUNY or CUNY college or university, and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.

Visit hesc.ny.gov/STEM to learn more.

Changes Coming for 2017: The Early FAFSA

This year is the last time that college-going students must wait until January to begin filing the FAFSA . The Early FAFSA is coming.

In fall 2016, students planning to attend college in 2017-18 will be able to file the FAFSA beginning October 1. In addition, students and parents will use their 2015 tax information for completing the FAFSA, ensuring that income information is readily available.

With the Early FAFSA, students and families will get an earlier understanding of their financial aid eligibility, and have more time to make an informed decision.

HESC will continue to keep you updated on the FAFSA changes and other student financial aid news.

Attention All Counselors: Please Update your information

We recognize that people may change jobs or possibly retire from year to year. If your school has experienced staffing changing in your counselor’s office or within the principal’s office, we ask that you please provide us with the updated contact information so that we can share HESC’s newsletters with them. Email Pre-College Services at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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