Planning to attend college in 2021-22?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa
. The FAFSA is the first step in applying for financial aid. Fill it out as soon as you can, out even if you haven't applied to any colleges yet!
Financial aid to pay for college can come from federal, state or private sources.
For a good overview of financial aid, click in the gray box below to see the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation presentation:
Student Financial Aid -
What High School Seniors & Parents Should Know
Federal Financial Aid - 3 Types
1. Grants - financial aid that in most cases does not have to be repaid
2. Loans - borrowed money that must be repaid, with interest
3. Work Study - a program that helps you earn money to pay for school
State Financial Aid
You may be eligible for financial aid from New York State, even if you don't qualify for federal financial aid. The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible NYS residents pay tuition at approved schools in NYS. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back. The TAP application process begins with the Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA) application.
Private Financial Aid
Many colleges, universities and career schools offer aid from their own funds. Check with the school's financial aid office to see what opportunities may be available. Also, there are many scholarship opportunities available from non-profit or private organizations.