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College Resources: Scholarships & Financial Aid

Applying for Student Financial Aid

  • Before you apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), visit fsaid.ed.gov to get your Federal Student Aid (FSA) identification number.
  • For help in completing the FAFSA, go to hesc.ny.gov and click Pay/Apply for Aid--Start Here.  Follow the link to complete the FAFSA application online.
  • Use the IRS Retrieval Tool to directly connect to the IRS for your tax data.  If you have not yet completed your taxes, you can estimate and make updates later.
  • If you completed a FAFSA in the previous year, you will receive a notice to go to your renewal FAFSA.
  • Apply for financial aid every year.  Financial aid programs change and your situation may change.  Any change may effect your eligibility.  
  • To see an estimate of your federal aid eligibility, go to fafsa.ed.gov and click on Thinking About College.