HESC Fall 2023 Updates

College Application Month (CAM) – Events and resources

College Application Month registration is now open! College Application Month (CAM) is a national campaign to help students from all backgrounds apply to at least one postsecondary institution.

Join the NYS College Application Month Initiative and help equip students with the necessary tools and guidance to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity to pursue higher education and unlock their full potential.

CAM Resources
HESC offers a wide range of helpful resources to help support your CAM events. 

To register and receive access to these resources, or for more information on CAM, visit www.hesc.ny.gov/cam.

CAM Counselor Workshops
HESC is offering CAM Counselor Workshops to answer all your CAM and financial aid questions. These workshops are designed for counselors and cover an overview of the College Application Month initiative and topics like the FAFSA Simplification Act. These workshops will be recorded and available for those unable to attend.

Creating an Unforgettable College Essay
Creating an unforgettable college essay can be easy if you know the steps to help you get noticed. HESC has partnered with the NYS Department of Education and My Brother’s Keeper to offer free College Essay Masterclasses. Each session will give students insider secrets on what admissions officers are truly looking for, how to start writing their essays, and how to showcase their unique qualities to make a difference at admission time!

Please encourage your students to join!

Upcoming Financial Aid Presentations and Workshops
Are you looking for ways to make financial aid less intimidating for your students? HESC can help! We have a range of presentations and workshops to help students get up to speed on the available aid options and help them complete their financial aid applications.

“What Seniors Need to Know about Financial Aid for College”

For a complete list of event dates and more details, visit us at https://startheregetthere.ny.gov/events

FAFSA Simplification ACT- Some of the upcoming changes to the FAFSA Application for 2024-2025

  • The FAFSA is set to open sometime in December instead of the usual October 1.
  • The number of questions has been reduced to 30 or 60 depending on family income.
  • The term Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is changing to Student Aid Index (SAI).
  • Students can add more colleges when completing the FAFSA – up to 20.
  • Everyone whose income is reported on the FAFSA must have a verified FSA ID before the student can file for federal student aid.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available and for workshops to review FAFSA changes and answer questions.

Creating Your FSA ID Presentation
The FSA ID is the first step in accessing federal student financial aid. Please encourage your students and families to join us for this 15-minute presentation, where we’ll give helpful information and walk them through the quick and easy process of creating their FSA ID.

Virtual Discussion Panels
Creating A Smart College List Panel – October 4, @ 6pm
Exploring Job Training and Other Pathways Panel – October 17 @ 6pm

FAFSA & TAP Application Completion workshops
Virtual FAFSA & TAP completion sessions will be available once the FAFSA application opens. If you have questions regarding the delayed FAFSA or a completion event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Get Connected to the Resources Students Need
HESC Text can send students and parents text messages with vital information on financial aid, crucial deadlines, and valuable resources to help put them on the right path toward their college careers. Sign-up is quick and easy at www.hesc.ny.gov/hesctext.

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