Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions of Using www.hesc.ny.gov
The New York State Higher Education Services Corp. ("HESC"), an agency of New York State, operates www.hesc.ny.gov ("site") to conduct its business and as an informational source for the public. We welcome you and invite you to use it. Your access to and use of this site is subject to the following Terms and Conditions, and applicable law and regulations. HESC may revise these Terms and Conditions anytime without notice. They bind you whenever you access or use this site, so you should review these pages periodically.
Whenever you access this site or use this site, you accept without limitation, these Terms and Conditions. This site is intended for authorized use by authorized users only. Unauthorized attempts to upload or alter information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under state and federal law. Unauthorized attempts to view, download or alter the private information of other users contained herein is strictly prohibited and may be punishable under state and federal law. You may not distribute, modify, copy, transmit, use or reuse the content herein for commercial purposes, except with HESC's written permission.
Using HESC's Authentication System (HescPIN)
HESC’s Authentication System verifies your identity, serves to protect your non-public personal information , and provides you with a HESC USER ID and PIN. You must use HESC’s Authentication System to participate in various online transactions including: TAP on the Web, and changing your TAP information. The HESCPIN registration process will involve the use of HESC’s federal financial aid data to confirm and validate your identity. When you select or are assigned a PIN and USER ID, you must not share or disclose this PIN, USER ID or secure access procedure to others, and you will notify HESC in the event that your PIN or USER ID is lost or compromised. Use the HESC PIN Assistance form to get help with unlocking or resetting your HESC PIN account or completing your identity verification.
HESC's Customer Service and HELP Desk staff have limited ability to assist you during HESC's Authentication process. For example, these HESC employees cannot reveal or remind you of your HESC USER ID and/or PIN, nor can they provide you with any account information that you would be able to access using your HESC USER ID and/or PIN. These HESC employees are available to assist you with technical problems that arise with the HESC Authentication system, and provide basic customer service assistance. Your HESC USER ID and PIN will be provided via a secure online session that is established when your browser connects to HESC's authentication system. The secure connection is noted by the status of the "lock" symbol on your browser interface.
Everything you read, see, or use on this site belongs to HESC, the State of New York, or another owner where noted. You cannot use it except as provided for in these Terms and Conditions. If you link to another site from here, assume the material in that site belongs to its owner.
A Word About Links - Content, Privacy, No Endorsement
HESC provides links to other sites for your information and reference. When you click on a link to visit another site, a frame will appear that contains the HESC logo or other HESC content but HESC has no control over those sites. Accordingly, HESC makes no representation or warranty about them and accepts no responsibility or liability for their content or functionality. The presence of links to other sites on this site is not an endorsement of any kind by HESC or the State of New York.
HESC makes no representations or warranties with respect to www.hesc.ny.gov or its contents, which HESC provides for your use "as is" and "as available."
HESC disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including without limitation the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, with respect to www.hesc.org and any site with which it is linked.
HESC does not warrant:
- The functions, information or links contained on www.hesc.ny.gov or
- That its contents will meet your requirements, or
- That www.hesc.ny.gov, or its contents, are fit for any particular purpose, or
- That the operation of www.hesc.ny.gov or its contents will be uninterrupted or error-free, or
- That defects will be corrected, or
- That this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, cancelbots, or other harmful components.
Applicable law may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion regarding implied warranties may not apply to you.
Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to negligence, will HESC be liable to you or any other user or third party for any direct, special, incidental or consequential damages or expenses, including attorney's fees that result from your use of, or your inability to use, the materials on www.hesc.ny.gov, even if HESC or a HESC authorized representative has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
These terms and conditions and any claim or cause of action arising out of, or relating in any way to this site, shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without regard for New York's choice of law statute. You agree that any claim or cause of action arising out of, or relating in any way to this site and/or these terms and conditions shall be determined by a New York court of competent jurisdiction as prescribed by New York State Education Law, Section 653(4).