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..

Thank you!

Tip of the Month: “In The Spotlight”

HESC’s “In the Spotlight” is a feature in the right hand column of most pages on HESC’s website (HESC) that highlights the “hot topics” you need to know about now!  Whether you’re looking for information about the various financial aid programs (grants, loans and scholarships) or you need assistance with a question you may have (HESC’s “live” online chat help). It pays to check out our “In The Spotlight” for the latest information throughout the year.

New York State’s FAFSA Completion Initiative

The Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) encourages all school districts and high schools to participate in the national Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Initiative in order to receive important federal and state financial aid filing status information about your college bound high school seniors.

Knowing which students have not filed for financial aid will allow your school and/or school district to assist more students and families in completing a FAFSA and maximize their access to free and low cost financial aid to support their college costs.

There is no registration deadline! While you can register for the FAFSA Completion Initiative any time, We encourage you to register now so that you can complete the required forms and access information beginning January 1 for your students entering college in fall 2016.

For more information, go to: NYS FAFSA Completion Initiative.

Merit Money for college: NYS Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Incentive Program Scholarships

Your high school seniors may be eligible for New York State’s STEM Incentive Program Scholarships, which provide full tuition awards to students in the top10 percent of their high school graduating class who attend one of the State’s 87 public colleges and universities and pursue a STEM undergraduate program of study. In accepting the award, STEM recipients must agree to live and work in an approved STEM field in New York State for five years after graduation.

Please inform your students about this scholarship opportunity as they decide where to apply for college.

For more detailed information on eligibility requirements and how to apply, go to: NYS Math & Science Teaching Incentive Scholarships.

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