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Financial Aid / Scholarships

The Free Application of Federal Student aid is first step in applying for financial aid for college expenses.  Here a some helpful sites and information to complete this process. 
Phone number: 800-433-3243
Helpful video: click here
RECAP OF THE FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP ON 11/21/19 CLICK HERE:fafsa_20hesc_[read-only].pdf  
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: 2020-21-fafsa.pdf
Click the link below to access the scholarship criteria and application.
Excelsior Scholarship Information -  click here for brochure.
Click here for a listing of scholarships - scholarshipdatabase_-_updated92019.pdf

Financial Aid Info:

  • Once you finalize your college applications, the next step is to apply for financial aid. You will need to create a FSA ID as well as ONE parent. This is done to protect your information as well as give you the right to sign the FAFSA electronically. You can start this by visiting
  • Once you receive your ID verification, the next step is to visit
  • For select private colleges, you will have to submit the CSS Profile. Please visit for a listing of colleges that require this additional financial form.
  • Please remember to input your correct email address as this is the only form of communication FAFSA will use.
  • Initially, you can list up to 10 colleges on the FAFSA. You can add more once it is processed (in 3 days).  Simply log back into your FAFSA account, delete the colleges and add your new choices.
  • For the FAFSA, you will be using prior year income tax information for 2019. If you had any special financial/personal circumstances occur during 2019, please contact the Financial Aid office at EACH college!
  • For the NYS TAP Grant, you must apply separately once you have submitted the FAFSA. Apply at
  • You are encouraged to file and complete the FAFSA sooner than later as government funds are allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Recommended deadline to submit: January 15th-February 1st
If you have any specific questions concerning your personal financial situation, please direct them to:
FAFSA HOTLINE at 1-800-4FED-AID or 1-888-NYSHESC (1-888-697-4372)
Albert Shanker UFT Scholarship - $5000 AWARD! Are you in financial need? Are you in good academic standing? Do you have a resume of extracurricular activities? Then apply today! Deadline: January 31, 2020. Download the application at

ASCEND EDUCATIONAL FUND, INC. SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS The award range is from $2500-$20,000 and open to immigrant students and children of immigrants who are graduating from a NYC high school and plan to attend college. Eligible students must be born outside of the US or have two parents born outside the US. Recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership and commitment to one's community. Application can be found online at

DREAM US SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS You are eligible to apply for our scholarship if you meet the following eligibility criteria (and the additional eligibility criteria set forth below): You must have current DACA or TPS or certify that you meet the following immigration eligibility criteria: Came to the United States before the age of 16; Have continuously resided in the United States since November 1, 2014 up to the present time and have had no lawful status; Are currently in high school or have graduated from a United States high school or obtained a general education development (GED) certificate from a United States Program; and Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors in the categories which would have disqualified you for DACA, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety. In addition to our immigration criteria, you will need to confirm that you meet the criteria below – depending on whether you are applying for our Scholarship for high school graduates or for community college graduates.
Here are the criteria:
If you have graduated or will graduate from high school or a GED program by the end of the Spring 2020 term this scholarship may be for you!
You are eligible to apply if you: Have significant unmet financial need; Have graduated or will graduate from a United States high school (or have earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma) by the end of the 2019-20 academic year; Graduated or will graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale; Intend to enroll full-time in an associate or bachelor’s degree program at a Partner College no later than the Spring term of 2020-21 academic year; and Are eligible for in-state tuition at the Partner College you want to attend (not applicable if it is a private Partner College).

MILKEN SCHOLARS PROGRAM -  Milken Scholars Program celebrates and supports  academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, as well as school and community service among college-bound students who have overcome social, economic or other obstacles. Minimum grade point average of 3.6 (un-weighted) or 90 in all academic high school subject areas; Minimum composite SAT I score of 1350 or an ACT score of 29; Active participation in community service activities; A record of leadership; Financial or other obstacles; United States Citizenship or Permanent Residency or have been granted deferred action status under DACA; and Admission to a four-year college or university prior to final selection. Milken Scholars receive financial assistance totaling up to $10,000 and a range of resources that include: An annual monetary recognition award of $2,000 for each of their four years of college; Deadline: December 2nd, 2019. For more information, please visit

NATIONAL CO-OP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM  - The WACE Advancing Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education Scholarship is now available. This scholarship is linked with Partner Institutions, including Clarkson University, Drexel University, Johnson & Wales, Merrimack College, RIT, SUNY Oswego, University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati and Wentworth Institute of Technology. To qualify for this scholarship, students must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 (90 average), apply for admission for the 2020-2021 academic year and meet other merit scholarship criteria as established by the institutions selected on the application. Visit Application deadline February 2020. What is CO-OP? College cooperative education is a unique academic program combining classroom studies with professional work experience in a field related to your education and career goals. CO-OP gives you a wonderful opportunity to gain professional job experience and at the same time, earn money to help with expenses, while you are in school.

NEW YORK’S SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH – STEM INCENTIVE AWARD:  Eligible students must rank top 10% of  class, Students must be a STEM major, and also students must commit to live in NY and work in the STEM field in NY for five years after graduation. For more info. apply at 

RON BROWN SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Ron Brown Scholar Program provided you meet the following requirements: must be Black/African American, must excel academically, must exhibit exceptional leadership potential, must participate in community service activities, demonstrate financial need, be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card, be a current high school senior at the time of your application. To Apply Early Application Deadline: Nov. 1st, 2019; Regular Deadline: 1/20.

SCHOLARSHIP PLUS - Scholarship Plus offers such students a four-year college scholarship PLUS individualized support. Each scholarship will be renewable annually for up to four years of study as long as the student maintains a good academic record and makes standard progress toward a degree. Scholarship Plus also provides each student with: a paid internship, mentoring, a college transition workshop, academic and personal support and more. Strong academic achievement (85% or higher GPA) Significant financial need (family income up to $60k) Experience in overcoming economic or other adversity, a commitment to community service; Preference will be given to students whose parents have not graduated from American four-year colleges or universities Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents. Deadline: January 27, 2020; 

WELLS FARGO SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Have an identified disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more major life activity); Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent; Be a high school senior or graduate who plans to enroll or who is already enrolled in full-time or half-time (at least 6 credits per term) undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2020-2021 academic year. https:// . Deadline: December 6th, 2019

CURRENT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FALL 2020 CLICK HERE: scholarshipsfall2020.pdf