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    Common Application (online application for hundreds of colleges/universities)

    SUNY  (information about all SUNY schools, their academic programs and link to their application)

    CUNY (information about all CUNY schools, their academic programs and link to their application) (website listing Test Optional / SAT-ACT Optional colleges and universities) 

    "Essays that Worked"  (section of Johns Hopkins University admissions website highlighting essays from applicants)

    Compess Test Prep (SAT Subject Test information provided/updated by a test prep company)

    Khan Academy SAT Prep (free SAT Prep that can be linked with your College Board account for personalized test preparation)

    Occupational Outlook Handbook (detailed information about careers and salaries provided by the US Department of Labor)



    FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid Apply beginning October of 12th grade to qualify for financial aid.

    What You Need to Complete the FAFSA

    10 FAFSA Mistakes that Affect Financial Aid

    FAFSA & Financial Aid Info

    FAFSA planning worksheet -used in preparation to file FAFSA electronically.

    CSS Profile -specific colleges will request this College Board form to apply for financial aid, in addition to the FAFSA. -search engine for national scholarships.

    Federal Trade Commission -article on scholarship and financial aid scams to be aware of.

    NYS Higher Education Service Corporation New York State specific financial aid information, including The Excelsior Scholarship. 

    Student Financial Aid Awareness (sponsored by HESC)

     A few reminders for senior families:

    • The FAFSA is free!  The website is, not .org or .com.
    • Complete the FAFSA as soon as you can, beginning October 1st, to qualify for the most aid.
    • Apply for a PIN- this will be used for the duration of your college years.
    • There are step-by-step instructions on 
    • Call any college or university financial aid office if you have specific questions.  They are the experts!




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