The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. The FAFSA form is available to be filled out on January 1 of the year that the college bound student will be attending college. It must then be filled out each subsequent year in order to obtain aid. For more information on the Federal Student Aid program, click here, and for a video tutorial on filling out the FAFSA form, click here.
    More information about preparing for college, types of aid, who gets aid, repaying your loans, and applying for aid, cab be found by clicking here.
    *Note, be very careful of scams. Remember the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid is just that, FREE. If you Google FAFSA, the first website that will come up is a link that ends in .com. This website will file your form for you for a fee, I believe $99. Do not do this. It's not necessary and it's a waste of money. Be sure that you are working on the .gov website.
  • Prior-Prior
    Please check out this information on what the government is calling the Prior-Prior. This is big news.

    The Prior-Prior will allow students and their families to fill out and submit the FAFSA form this October, 2017 as opposed to having to wait until January, 2018. Up to, and including this year, students had to wait until the calendar year turned before the FAFSA form became available. There are many positives to the change, and I will let this article and accompanying video explain them to you, but I am glad to answer any questions that you may have. (There is also a downside of course to the FAFSA form opening up this early… fall of senior year just became that much busier.)

  •  The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
    The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.
  • Financial Aid 101
    With this PPT see a quick breakdown of all of the ways colleges and the government give out money.
  • Admissions and Financial Aid Guide Timeline
    Click here for senior year timeline to applying for financial aid, a Step-by-Step resource guide, and a glossary of key terms.
  • SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
    The State University of New York's Educational Opportunity Program provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. For more information about the program click here.
  • Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
    The Higher Education Opportunity Program is a partnership between the State of New York and its independent colleges and universities that provide economically and educationally disadvantaged residents the possibility of a college education. For more details about this program, click here.
  • Scholarships
    Check out Fastweb for a quick reference guide to winning a scholarship.
    There are many different scholarship searches that you will come across simply by "Googling" the term, however, be mindful that the national scholarships will take quite a bit of time and effort in order to apply, many requiring essays and recommendation letters. I recommend focusing on a few and doing them really well as opposed to trying to do too many at the risk of spreading yourself too thin. In addition, absolutely continue to keep up-to-date with our monthly Guidance Bulletins, visit our College and Career Center, listen for announcements, and check the Scholarship Board outside of the College and Career Center for more localized (and potentially more accessible) scholarship opportunities. 
  • Financial Aid Comparison Worksheet
    Use this worksheet from the Options Institute to help you add up your financial aid package and compare the costs of attending different colleges.