HAVEN’T APPLIED TO COLLEGE YET?
Many colleges have rolling admissions and are reviewing applications as they receive them. You still have time to submit applications. See Ms. Erneste ASAP!
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS–.CUNY/SUNY applications are also still being processed. See Ms. Erneste if you have not applied. If you have not sent your $65 payment to CUNY – YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT BEING PROCESSED! Send your payment ASAP!
**Note; Students who applied to SUNY colleges are reminded to complete the supplemental application. Students who applied to CUNY City College are also reminded to complete the supplemental application for the Engineering. Baruch and Hunter also require essays!!
SCHOLARSHIPS – Information available in folder and/or bulletin in guidance office room 207.
1) UFT Scholarship ($5,000) deadline is Friday, January 23 (80 average minimum)
2) Buick Achievers ($25,000) Deadline is February 20th (certain majors only)
3) NY Water Environment ($10,000) Deadline is January 20th (certain majors only)
4) Shawn Carter Scholarship-Jay Z ($2,500) Deadline is April 30th (70 average)
5) Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships ($5000) Deadline March 26th 2015
6) Ascend Educ.Fund Scholarship ($20,000) Deadline March 15th 2015 (undocumented students can apply)
7) Jackie Robinson Scholarship ($20,000) Deadline February 15th. (1000 SAT score minimum)
FINANCIAL AID (see detailed information at bottom of page)
Financial Aid workshops will begin in January. Now is the time to apply for your U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN) on line (www.pin.ed.gov). This will assist you in processing your FAFSA on line. Remind your parents to file their taxes ASAP, especially for those of you applying under EOP, HEOP, SEEK, etc. Certain private colleges may also ask that you complete the CSS financial profile on collegeboard.com. See me if you are unsure.
In order to receive maximum financial aid, students are encouraged to apply to FAFSA no later than Feb 15th 2015!!
Register for Financial Aid workshops at https://www.suny.edu/student/
Jan 24th 2015 at FIT NYC
Jan 24th 2015 at SUNY Optometry Center NYC (Spanish speakers only)
*Please schedule an appointment in advance with Ms. Erneste if you need assistance in applying and/or reviewing your FAFSA application. Appointments also available during Regents week January 26th through January 30th.You MUST bring completed financial aid worksheets and tax forms with you.*
CONGRATULATIONS!! They have been accepted!
Marjorie Vargas-Alfred State, University of New Haven,
Jessica Troncoso-University of New Haven, Earlham
Shecham Scatt-Cobleskill, Monroe College, Alfred State
Jessica Price-Canton, Herkimer
Dara Hutchinson-Utica College, Morrisville College
Ivan Davila-Wichita State
Glenn Brito- Broome, Dutchess
Debrea Trotman- Monroe College
Alexandra Ortiz- Baruch College
Jivawn Julien-Forbes- Monroe College
Wilson Caceres- York College, Quinnipiac University
Please remember to bring ALL of your college acceptance letters to Ms. Erneste.
*Keep working in your classes! Grades and courses continue to count throughout the senior year.
*Request that your counselor send the transcript of your first semester grades to the colleges to which you applied.
*Have official test scores (SAT/ACT) sent to colleges on your list if you have not done so.
*Check to make sure your colleges or state does not require any other financial aid forms. If they do, consult your guidance counselor or contact the college’s financial aid office. (ie; CSS profile)
*Once you complete your FAFSA you will also have to complete your TAP application. (TAP Aid is awarded to students attending NYS colleges)
*Enjoy your final semester in high school, but don’t catch senioritis!
Helpful information for Financial Aid
www.collegeboard.com for CSS profile 1-305-829-9793
Financial Aid Process
Seniors…Read this document in its entirety!!
- Register for a “PIN” number with the U.S. Dept. of Education (www.PIN.ed.gov). If your parent’s information is used in applying for financial aid, one parent should also register for a PIN.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It’s the first step and is required for all the SUNY aid programs.
- The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA-on-the-Web is more accurate and faster. You can obtain a paper FAFSA from your school counselor, library or college financial aid office.
- Submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. If your family taxes have not been filed you may use estimated amounts from 2013 if there will be a delay in receiving tax documents. Although there is no real deadline, all seniors should apply to FAFSA by March 1st.
- You will need SS# for Student and at least one Parent
- Parent marital status information (ie; date of divorce/separation)
- Income Tax (1040’s)
- New York State residents should complete the Online TAP- (Tuition Assistance Program) on-the-Web application. When you have completed the FAFSA-on-the-Web, the confirmation page will give you a link to the TAP-on-the-Web application for New York State financial aid. Before completing the TAP application, you will be asked to establish a PIN (Personal Identification Number) for TAP. This is a separate PIN from your FAFSA PIN number; however you may choose to use the same number for both programs. If you used a paper FAFSA, you will receive an email or postcard from HESC with instructions on how to complete TAP-on-the-Web.
- Watch for an email from the U.S. Department of Education that will have a link to your Student Aid Report (SAR) which should arrive a few days after you submit the FAFSA online. If you used a paper FAFSA, it will take at least 4 to 6 weeks for you to receive a SAR. The SAR explains your eligibility for financial aid. Each college you list on the FAFSA will also receive this information. If necessary, submit corrections (for example, income or tax information) as instructed on the SAR.
- Continue to investigate other sources of aid such as scholarships.
- Keep a file of records and copies of applications for future reference. Keep your financial aid award letters.
- Contact college financial aid offices for answers and advice. They are the best source of financial aid information.
- Remember, to receive financial aid you must be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program and maintain good academic standing. Financial aid funds may be used only for education-related expenses. For most programs, you must be registered at least half-time. You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
- You must reapply for financial aid each year you are in college.