High School Seniors
For additional support reach out to your guidance counselor.
BASIC STEPS AND LINKS TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID
STEP 1: Gather important documents (Federal Tax Return form 1040, W2s, bank statements, etc.), student and parent social security numbers, and alien registration # (if applicable)
STEP 2: Get your FSA IDs (one for a parent, one for the student) at fsaid.ed.gov
STEP 3: Complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA at fafsa.gov and make sure to complete IRS Data Retrieval within, if eligible
STEP 4: Apply for New York State’s TAP by following on screen prompts upon FAFSA completion or visiting https://www.hesc.ny.
STEP 5: Complete Collegeboard’s 2021-2022 CSS Profile (only if applicable) at www.collegeboard.org
STEP 6: Review (and correct, if needed) FAFSA Student Aid Report, which is normally available within several days after you submit your FAFSA
STEP 7: If applicable, complete any required institutional financial aid forms (Princeton, UPenn, etc.)
STEP 8: Upload tax information for CSS Profile colleges via IDOC (if requested…always check your email and college portals)
STEP 9: Once you know where you are going to college, log in to your account at www.hesc.ny.gov and make sure that your TAP application reflects the school that you will attend in the fall (NY State only). You may also use this site to apply for the New York State Excelsior Scholarship in the spring/summer if the program remains intact