Financial Aid Information/Websites
- CSS Profile (required by many private colleges)
- FAFSA Application
- NYS Higher Education Services Corporation
- NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
- Student Guide to Financial Aid
- Step by Step guide to 2024-2025 FAFSA Questions
- Financial Aid Informational Packet
GET READY TO FILE THE 2024-2025 FAFSA
The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now available. Get prepared by gathering the necessary information.
• Create your account at https://studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/launch and set up your FSA ID. Your FSA ID is the username and password students will use to access all Federal Student Aid websites. It takes about 10 minutes to create an account and set up an FSA ID. We strongly recommend getting FSA ID’s ahead of time. For dependent students, at least one parent will also need to create an account and set up an FSA ID to sign the FAFSA.
• Start Gathering the Documents needs to apply. Click the link below for a list of items you may need:
THE 2024-2025 NYS TAP
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. An annual TAP award can be up to $5,665. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.
• Starting November 1, students can apply for TAP for the 2024-25 academic year.
The 2024-25 New York State Tuition Assistance Program Application
- The application is available at hesc.ny.gov/TAP
- Students will need to create a HESCPIN using their email address and a unique password in order to access the TAP application. Students who have an NYS Driver’s License, non-driver ID, or Student ID will be asked to include that information when creating their HESCPIN account.
- Once students complete their FAFSA, they can use the link at the end of the FAFSA to return to and submit their TAP application for processing.
The CSS Profile is an online application used by colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal institutional aid. Click Here for a list of schools which require the 2024-2025 CSS profile.
• Most students complete the application in their senior year of high school starting on October 1. Schools may have different deadlines - be sure to check with each school you are applying to.
Upcoming Financial Aid Presentations and Workshops
Understanding the financial aid process can be challenging. HESC has events to help counselors, students, and their families navigate the process and access the resources they need.
What Seniors Need to Know about Financial Aid for College
During these presentations, we review how the financial aid system works, the sources of financial aid: federal, state, institutional, and private scholarships, how to apply for aid, and important deadlines.
HESC Virtual Drop-in
Encourage your students to drop in and connect with HESC experts to get answers to all their financial aid questions during one of our virtual drop-ins.
Creating Your FSA ID
Creating your FSA ID is the first step to having access to the 2024-25 FAFSA application. During this presentation, we will review changes to the process, who will need to create an FSA ID, and the process of creating an FSA ID for parents without SSNs.
Have questions? We’re here to help!
If you have questions regarding the TAP/FAFSA or about any upcoming event, please contact email@example.com.
Get Connected to the Resources Students Need
HESC Text can send students and parents text messages with vital information on financial aid, crucial deadlines, and valuable resources to help put them on the right path toward their college careers. Sign-up is quick and easy at www.hesc.ny.gov/hesctext.
Saint Joseph’s University Financial Aid Webinars:
Thursday January 11
Wednesday January 24
Tuesday February 13
Wednesday March 6
All begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration for these events may be found here:
Meet Wyatt, your friendly digital FAFSA advisor
The education community is gearing up for the Better Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) arrival this December. At Common App, we are committed to providing resources to students that assist them in navigating the financial aid process. We're thrilled to share our partnership with Benefits Data Trust, introducing Wyatt—a digital advisor. Students can now text their FAFSA and financial questions, receiving personalized responses to guide them through the application process. To get ready for the Better FAFSA, the National College Attainment Network (NCAN) and the Federal Student Aid (FSA) have compiled resources for members and partners.