Guidance and Counseling

  • Welcome to the School Counselors website. Counseling services are available for every student. These services include assistance with educational planning, career information, study skills, family, school and/or social concerns, or any concern the student would like to discuss with the counselor.  In addition to the counselors, the Counseling Center has a number of other resources that will be of help. There is information on occupations and careers, on colleges and on technical training programs. The Counseling Center also posts dates of important examinations such as SAT's and ACT's and important meetings on this website. Information on college visit and scholarship programs is also available. Please see some important information on the links provided on the left of the page.



    Director of Careers and Student Services
    Jason Stanton Ed.D. 
    East Islip High School

    Office Assistant: Lee Ann Cinquemani


Guidance Announcements

  • The 2024-25 Excelsior Scholarship Program is Now Open!

    Students from families earning $125,000 or less can attend a state-operated SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free.

    To be eligible, students must:

    • Have an adjusted combined federal household income of $125,000 or less.
    • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college or university.
    • Be Enrolled in full-time study (at least 12 credits per term).
    • Complete at least 30 credits per year.
    • Live and work in New York State for a duration equal to the number of years you received the scholarship.

    The 2024-25 NYS STEM Application is Now Open!

    The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides tuition awards to students who are New York State residents attending a public degree-granting college or university located in New York State. To apply, students must:

    • Be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class at a NYS high school.
    • Be a high school senior/recent high school graduate who will be enrolled full-time at a public college located in NYS, beginning in the fall term following his or her high school graduation.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
    • Be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program leading to a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics at a public college located in NYS.
    • Maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher.

    The NYS Veterans Tuition Awards Application is Now Open!

    The Veterans Tuition Award (VTA) is a financial aid program designed to provide tuition assistance to eligible veterans and their family members.

    • Award covers the cost of tuition, not to exceed the cost of tuition at a state-operated SUNY.
    • Available to students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.
    • Available for full-time and part-time study.
    • Be a legal resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term.

    The NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans is Now Open!

    The Regents Awards are scholarships for students whose parents served in the U.S. Armed Forces during designated periods of war or national emergencies and, as a result, have passed, become disabled, are missing in action, or were taken as prisoners of war.

    • Eligibility must first be established by completing the Children of Veteran’s Award Web Supplement.
    • Recipients can receive up to $450 per year.
    • Be pursuing an approved undergraduate degree at a college or university located in NYS.
    • Parents must have served during specified times of war or national emergency.

    NYS College Application Month (CAM)

    Early College Application Month registration is open through June 30, 2024. Register now for your school to participate and have the chance to receive the limited NYS CAM promotional items

    Upcoming Financial Aid Presentations and Workshops

    Navigating the financial aid process can be challenging. HESC offers a variety of events to help counselors, students, and parents navigate those challenges and successfully apply for financial aid.

    FAFSA & TAP Completion Events

    Need help making changes or completing your FAFSA and TAP application, but have questions or are unsure where to start? Join HESC and our financial aid experts for our virtual completion event to help you wherever you are in your FAFSA/TAP application.

    Thursday, June 13 @ 4-6pm
    Thursday, June 20 @ 4-6pm

    What Juniors Need to Know about Financial Aid

    This presentation will help high school juniors and their parents learn how to navigate the financial aid process, the different financial aid programs available, and how to apply for them.

    Tuesday, June 25 @ 6pm
    Thursday, June 27 @ 6pm

    Common FAFSA & TAP Errors

    Are you having trouble completing your FAFSA/TAP applications? We know that this year’s form has a lot of changes to it.  We’d love to help you through the process to ensure you successfully complete all the sections and submit it correctly.  Join us as our experts give you step-by-step instructions on how to fix some of the more common errors that students/ families are making when filling out their applications.

    Monday, June 10, @ 4pm
    Monday, June 17, @ 4pm
    Monday, June 24, @ 4pm

    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 drop-ins.

    Wednesday, June 12 @ 2-5pm
    Wednesday, June 19 @ 2-5pm
    Wednesday, June 26 @ 2-5pm

    Attending College with Academic Accommodations

    Please join HESC for an informative event designed to empower students with knowledge about academic accommodations in college. Discover the resources available to support your academic journey and learn how to navigate the process of accessing accommodations to tailor your needs in school on Tuesday, June 11 @ 5pm

    Have questions? We’re here to help!

    If you have questions regarding the TAP/FAFSA or about any upcoming event, please contact         

    Informative HESC Fact Sheets HESC offers various online resources to help students and families better understand the federal and state financial aid process and plan and pay for college. Here, you will find a selection of informative PDFs, including fact sheets and brochures, available for downloading HESC Fact Sheets.

    Get Connected to the Resources Students Need HESC Text sends 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

    FAFSA Updates
    FSA released an FAFSA update announcement on November 15, 2023 providing updates to the financial aid community.

    • FSA has not released an exact date but confirmed the FAFSA will be released by December 31, 2023  
    • FAFSA filers will not receive their FAFSA submission summary or make updates and corrections until the end of January
    • Students can use the link at the end of the FAFSA to submit a TAP application. For the 2024-25 application, students will not be able to transfer data over from the FAFSA to the TAP. They’ll need to fill out the TAP in full.



    St. Josephs's College is hosting a Virtual Financial Aid Workshop

    Thursday, December 14, 2023
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

    Navigating the financial aid process can be a daunting task. It doesn't have to be.
    While attending this workshop, you will learn:

    • What the FAFSA is
    • The new Student Aid Index and upcoming changes for 2024 filers
    • What questions you should ask colleges and universities
    • How to finance a four-year degree through maximizing scholarship and grant opportunities

    This workshop puts financial aid in simple terms.

    Visit the Virtual Financial Aid Workshop page to RSVP!

    (Note: a link to this virtual event will be sent to you one hour prior to the event start time.)



    Financial Aid Events:  HESC Upcoming and On-Demand Virtual Events | Start Here Get There (

    In person and virtual SUNY Events:  Activities and Events - SUNY



    College Visits: For juniors and seniors, there is a detailed listing of scheduled college visits posted outside the guidance department for your information. This list includes specific dates and times and can also be found in Naviance.

    Seniors and parents may start their FAFSA application by visiting the Financial Aid web page for access to resources available to guide them through the FAFSA process.

    SAT/ACT Prep Online:
    Get free SAT/ACT prep through your Castle Learning Account. Visit the SAT-ACT Information page for more info.

Scholarship Announcements

  • Please join the Scholarship Group in ParentSquare for updates on Scholarships.  Students may also visit the Scholarship link in Naviance for any new scholarship information.

    NYS Excelsior Scholarship:  The Excelsior Scholarship provides tuition awards to eligible students attending New York State's public colleges and universities (SUNY and CUNY). This scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY college tuition-free. Excelsior Scholarship Program information

    NYS Scholarships for Academic Excellence Selection Criteria: The nominees for the NYS Scholarship for Academic Excellence are chosen based on a students' weighted grade point average at the end of their junior year. Each school is given a set number of students who can be nominated based on the graduating class size.

    STEM Incentive Program: Seniors ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class, who attend a SUNY or CUNY college in a program leading to a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, may be eligible for the New York State STEM Incentive Program, which provides a full tuition scholarship and includes a service requirement. NYS STEM Incentive Program information.