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..

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.

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.

New Merit-Based Scholarship Available for Your Graduating High School Seniors

Your graduating high school seniors who plan to attend a college or university located within the State may be eligible to receive a new merit-based State scholarship –– the New York State Achievement and Investment in Merit Scholarship (NY-AIMS).

STEM Incentive Program Scholarship Applications Available Through Aug. 15

Graduating seniors in the top 10 percent of their high school class who plan to pursue a STEM major at a SUNY or CUNY college may apply for a New York State Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Incentive Program scholarship through August 15, 2015.

New York’s FAFSA Completion Initiative Continues

Did you know that as of April 17, 2015 only an estimated 45.7 percent of high school seniors across New York State high schools completed a FAFSA? According to a recent study, only 40.8 percent of high school seniors nationally had completed a FAFSA by College Signing Day.

Save the Date: New York College Application Week Set for Oct. 26-30

New York’s 2015 College Application Week (CAW) is scheduled for October 26 – 30. Last year, more than 200 high schools and community groups across New York helped more than 7,300 students submit nearly 17,000 college applications.

Reserve a HESC Representative for Your Fall/Winter Financial Aid Nights

As you plan your fall 2015 and winter 2016 programming, remember to reserve a HESC representative for your financial aid information night event before you leave for summer vacation.

From the E-Library: Paying for College is More Than Tuition, Room, and Board

As college-bound students eagerly await the coming fall and their first days at college, many are shopping for the supplies they want to bring to campus. To avoid a budgeting crisis in the fall, remember that college costs include more than tuition, room, and board. 

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