2012-01-25 / Schools

It’s Student Financial Aid Month

College-bound students and their families may be overwhelmed by the thought of paying for college in the months ahead. The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation has announced its annual month-long campaign to help students and families understand the financial aid process and to encourage completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – one of the most important tools in securing financial aid – early in the New Year.

The HESC website, StartHereGetThere.org, simplifies the financial aid application process for college-bound students and their families with helpful tips and tools, and a step-by-step tutorial for completing the federal application, as well as information about federal, state and college-sponsored aid, including grants, such as New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Steven Dwire, Financial Aid Director at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York has this message for college-bound students: “Don’t assume you or your family won’t qualify for financial aid. Every student’s situation is different and he or she may have qualifying factors that someone else doesn’t have,” he said.

Financial aid information sessions and free “Complete the FAFSA” workshop events are being offered at locations across the state. Visit StartHereGetThere.org to find a location near you.

Students and families with questions about the FAFSA may also call a toll-free HESC hotline, 1-800-808-1790, every Tuesday and Thursday from Noon to 5 p.m. throughout the month. FAFSA questions may be emailed anytime to FAFSAHelp@hesc.org.


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