In order for a student to qualify for financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form can be completed starting October 1st of the student's senior year. Only then can students qualify for grants, loans and student work programs.

FAFSA can be completed online at or by a paper form that can be found in the Counseling and Career Center.There are a variety of online resources that can assist with the process and answer questions. Our counselors are also available upon request.

A Message from Louise Slaughter:
Help Students and Families Apply for College Financial Aid

January 25 through February 25 marks the period during which New York State students and families are offered special opportunities to learn about and receive assistance in applying for the many financial aid opportunities available to help them pay for college. Through its “Start Here to Get There” campaign, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) works with financial aid professionals and other volunteers across the State to inform and educate students and families about all of the financial aid opportunities available to them, through the completion of the most important tool in securing financial aid, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Students and families can receive help completing the FAFSA online at events held by schools, community groups and other organizations throughout the State. Certified tax preparers will be available at some locations to assist families earning less than $49,000 in preparing and filing their taxes prior to completing the FAFSA.

New Yorkers who are unable to attend an event can also get specific questions answered each Wednesday during the campaign by calling HESC’s FAFSA Assistance Hotline at 800-808-1790 or emailing

Information and registration for these events, as well as FAFSA completion tips, tools and videos can be found at,

Please help us inform New Yorkers about the importance of completing the FAFSA by: adding the “Start Here, Get There” web site link to your Web site; including the attached article in your newsletter or other communications with your constituents; and sharing other articles from the e-Library.

Thank you for your support in helping New York State students and families make their college dreams a more affordable reality.

Elsa Magee
Executive Vice President, Acting President
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation
"We Help PSeparatoreople Pay for College"

Financial Aid Links Learn more about the types of financial aid available and how to complete FAFSA forms. 
Download the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE Application which is required by some 4 year colleges, learn about the CollegeBoard Education Loan Program and try the Financial Aid EasyPlanner tool to learn how to make college affordable. Comprehensive resource guides available for financial aid from the US Department of Education and contact information.