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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Whatever type of school beyond high school you attend-whether it is a trade school, university or community college you have to be thinking about how to pay for it. The cost of education continues to rise.

Student financial aid can help by assisting students with grants, work study and student loans. The following links will help you navigate the process of applying for and receiving financial aid.

Helpful Links

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid website. Step-by-step guidelines for filling out FAFSA forms on the web.


  • Federal Codes for FAFSA Form
    Link to Federal Codes for the FAFSA form.


  • CSS Profile
    The CSS Profile Financial Aid Form is required by over 300 colleges. This link is a tutorial on how to complete this important form


  • IDOC Tutorial
    A Tutorial for CSS Profile users that must submit verification documents through IDOCS (Institutional Documentation Service).


  • FAFSA Estimator
    Before you complete the FAFSA form, the Federal Student Aid Estimator can help you understand your options to pay for college or career school by providing an early estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and eligibility for federal student aid.


  • FinAid
    A free site covering most everything one needs to know about financial aid.


  • FinAid Calculators
    Online calculators that help determine the cost of college, the amount of savings needed, and how much aid will be required."


  • Federal Dept. of Ed. Student Aid
    U.S. Department of Education's financial aid site. Covers all types of Federal aid for students attending 2 and 4 year colleges including grants, loans and work-study. In addition, there is an entire section devoted to help with completing FAFSA forms."


  • NYS Higher Education Services
    The state agency that helps students and their parents pay for college. HESC administers the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), guarantees federal student and parent loans, offers guidance for college planning, and provides a highly-rated 529 college savings plan."


  • US Dept. of Ed. - Office of Post-Secondary Education
    The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) formulates federal postsecondary education policy and administers programs that address critical national needs in support of their mission to increase access to quality postsecondary education.


  • Sallie Mae
    This site contains comprehensive information on federal and private student loans and scholarships.