Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This form NEEDS to be filled out to qualify for federal money towards college. It is suggested that all families fill out this form regardless of their level of need. The FAFSA is valid for one year, and must be re-submitted every year the student is in school. The FAFSA is a FREE application. If you are asked to submit a payment, you have reached the wrong website. Please note: we recommend listing your colleges on the FAFSA in alphabetical order, not order of preference.
Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
This form needs to be filled out to qualify for state money towards college. The money is only for students applying to schools within New York State. It is suggested that all families fill out this form regardless of their level of need. The TAP is valid for one year, and must be submitted every year the student is in school.
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
The mission at HESC is to help people pay for college. HESC guarantees federal student and parent loans, offers loan management services, and provides guidance for college planning. In New York State, HESC also administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and other state specific grants and scholarships.
New York College Savings Program
This state-sponsored college savings program helps families save for college tuition, room, and board, books, supplies and other qualified higher-education expenses. There are tax benefits for families that invest money in these programs and they can be started as early as birth.
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