Paying for College


 

Free Scholarship Services:

  • Scholarships.com - a free and valuable resource for finding money for college.   Scholarships.com's privacy practices have been approved by both TRUSTe and BBB Online.
  • Fastweb.com - a free, comprehensive scholarship service.  Students simply fill out the profile information.  Fastweb will e-mail scholarships that match the profile information.
  • http://www.goodcall.com/scholarships/ - a free resource for college scholarships and searches.
  • CollegeCovered.com - a free outreach program that provides Search for scholarships, enter a drawing for a scholarship, FAFSA assistance, award letter comparison and counselors corner.
Federal Aid Programs:
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) - the federal government's financial assistance program for college students, based on financial need.  Complete January 1 and thereafter for the same calendar year that your son or daughter plans to attend college.  Remember, it is a free application - do not confuse it with other "FAFSA" sites that charge a fee for services.
  • Federal Student Aid - Comprehensive information from the U. S. Dept of Education for parents/guardians and students about the federal student aid programs.
           Financial Aid Power Point

NYS Aid Programs: General Financial Aid Programs:
  • Finaid.org - the most comprehensive financial aid site of its kind.  Learn about the multiple types of financial aid from grants to loans.  There is no charge to use the site.
  • HESC - the Higher Education Services Corporation administrates New York State's financial assistance programs for college students.
Scholarship & Financial Aid SCAMS:

Each year parents and students fall prey to scholarship and financial aid scams.  Unscrupulous companies may attempt to lure consumers by making promises that are fraudulant or by charging fees for information that is generally available to everyone for free.  The Federal Trade Commission cautions consumers to look for some of these tell tale lines:

  • "The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
  • "You can't get this information anywhere else."
  • "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
  • "We'll do all the work."
  • "The scholarship will cost some money."
  • "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship"
  • "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.

You can find more information at the Federal Trade Commission's web site.

SUNY Financial Aid Days
These workshops are free of charge and open to all prosective college students and their families.  Students can register by going online at www.suny.edu/studentevents or calling 1-800-3811.  The dates for 2017 are October 14 and November 18.  

   
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