Preparing and Paying for College

NY Saves Questions and answers about New York State's College Savings Program.

Saving for College The internet guide to 529 plans.

Student Aid A comprehensive financial aid site maintained by the federal government for students and their parents.

Mapping your Future A one-stop site that provides students and parents with information on financial strategies, career options, and college planning.

E-Student Loan This site allows you to compare government and private loan programs.

Financial Aid

Financial aid doesn't have to be a confusing time. Please look over the documents and information on this site to help you through the process. We are here to help and answer any questions

Applying for Financial Aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) electronically on the web. Completing the FAFSA online will automatically calculate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Upon completion of FAFSA on the web the applicant will be taken to a direct link to apply for the NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) if they are a New York State resident listing at least one New York State college.

FSA ID for FAFSA Use this site to create your FSA ID. Having an FSA ID allows students to apply for financial aid electronically, make electronic corrections, and provides for certain e-signature privileges. Note: Both the student and one parent need to have an FSA ID.

CSS/Financial Aid Profile Please make sure you check if the college you are attending requires the Profile. Only certain private schools require this. 

NYS Higher Education Services Corporation Check the status of the student's TAP award, change a TAP school code or mailing address, and request a duplicate TAP application or correction form. Students can also check the status of their Stafford Loan guaranteed through NYS Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC).

Big Future- Compare your Financial Aid Awards- Use this online too to compare college costs after your financial aid award letters come in.

Financial Aid for College Students:
Best Colleges - Financial Aid

Calculate Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
These websites help a student estimate an EFC. The school the student will be attending makes the final determination on the EFC used.