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. 

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

(May 2015) 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.

HESC wants to accommodate as many requests as possible and will attempt to schedule our representatives’ travel by region.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss your event requirements and dates.

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

(May 2015) New York’s 2015 College Application Week (CAW) is scheduled for October 26-30, 2015. 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.

CAW participants work primarily with students who would be the first in their families to attend college, are from low-income families, or who may not have seriously considered college because they mistakenly believe they cannot afford or would not be accepted into college.

HESC provides participating schools with plans and support for college application events held during the school day so you can help guide your students through what can be a confusing process.

Join this national campaign and encourage your students to complete at least one college application. For more information or to sign up your school, contact Anne Doyle at 518-402-3349 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or go to GoCollegeNY.org/Apply.

New York’s FAFSA Completion Initiative Continues

(May 2015) 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. In states such as Alaska and Utah, fewer than 25 percent of seniors complete the FAFSA, while states such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the District of Columbia see completion rates well above 50%, and Tennessee leads the nation with a 61.5 percent completion rate.

By 2020, more than 60 percent of jobs in New York State will require a college education. With rising college costs, it is important that students take full advantage of available free and low-cost financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

New York State’s FAFSA Completion Initiative allows your school and/or school district to identify and assist students and families in completing a FAFSA, thereby maximizing their access to free and low-cost financial aid to support their college costs. In its first year, HESC provided 35 school districts with FAFSA and TAP filing status information.

You can help your students secure the resources they need for a successful future by joining New York’s FAFSA Completion Initiative. Details are available at HESC.ny.gov/FAFSA-Completion-Initiative.

STEM Incentive Program Scholarship Applications Available Through Aug. 15

(May 2015) 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.

STEM recipients receive awards equal to the annual resident tuition charged at the SUNY or CUNY college for four years of study, or five years of study for programs normally requiring five years.

Students must meet residency requirements and be enrolled full time at a SUNY or CUNY college beginning with the fall term following their high school graduation. Students must also:

  • Be matriculated in an undergraduate program leading to a degree in STEM at a SUNY or CUNY college;
  • Be ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating class at a New York State high school;
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher each term while pursuing their undergraduate degree; and
  • Agree to both work in a STEM field and reside in New York State for five years upon completing their college education.

Complete details and application for the New York State STEM Scholarship Incentive Program are found at hesc.ny.gov/STEM.

New Merit-Based Scholarship Available for Your Graduating HS Seniors

(May 2015) 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).

NY-AIMS provides high school students who excel academically with $500 in merit-based scholarships to support their cost of attendance at any college or university located in New York State.

To be eligible, a student must be a U.S. citizen and New York State resident, and achieve at least two of the following:

  • A final grade point average of 3.3 or higher, upon high school graduation
  • A New York State Regents diploma with honors or a New York State Regents diploma with advanced designation with honors
  • A score of 3 or higher on two or more Advanced Placement examinations
  • A rank within the top 15% of his/her high school class

Students may apply between May 22, 2015 and June 30, 2015 for one of the 5,000 scholarships that will be awarded for the 2015-16 academic year. More details about NY-AIMS is available at hesc.ny.gov/NY-AIMS.

Please share this information with your top students attending college in New York State.

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