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55 Main St. P.O. Box 301
Laurens, NY 13796

Phone: 607-432-2050
Fax: 607-432-4388
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Important Dates

12/7 – SAT exam at Oneonta High School

12/14 – ACT exam at Oneonta High School

1/17/20 – Clark Foundation applications must be submitted!
 
1/21-1/24 - Regents exams
 
1/27 - Q2 report cards date
 
1/30 - 6th period - Herkimer College Now information session in the MPR
 
2/5 - 10th grade field trip to Milford BOCES CTE programs
 
2/6 - 10:00 - Herkimer College Now registration session in the HS Library 
 
 
 
 

Financial Aid & Scholarships

The guidance office has a variety of information on financial aid and scholarships.  Parents and students are encouraged to visit and utilize these helpful resources.  Check out these websites for scholarship and financial aid information:
www.hesc.ny.gov
www.studentaid.ed.gov
www.finaid.org
www.collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard
www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships
www.studentscholarships.org
www.goodcall.com/scholarships
www.chegg.com
www.niche.com

Helpful Websites for Seniors and Their Parents

www.fsaid.ed.gov – The place to start when applying for financial aid!  All student borrowers and one parent must obtain an ID prior to completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid) application.

www.fafsa.gov – Complete the FAFSA online.  Link to NYS TAP application as well.

www.hesc.ny.gov – If applying to colleges in New York State, the student must apply for a TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) ID prior to completing the TAP financial aid application.  This site also has many helpful tools, such as a financial aid award comparison tool and information on NYS scholarships and grants.

www.studentaid.ed.gov - From the US Dept. of Education.  Information on the entire financial aid process. 

www.studentloans.gov - The site you use to complete required loan entrance counseling and to sign your loan promissory notes. 

www.collegescorecard.ed.gov – Also from the US Dept. of Education.  Newly redesigned and extremely valuable statistics on every college/university in the US.  Discover things like: average annual cost by family income, graduation and retention rates, earnings after attending and the ethnic diversity at the institution.

www.colleges.niche.com – Search for colleges and scholarships, compare colleges based on rankings, and learn what your chances are of admission to colleges. Read what current students are saying about their school.

www.collegecost.ed.gov/netpricecenter.aspx – US Dept. of Education’s Net Price Calculator Center.

www.chegg.com – Easy to use site with great info on colleges and scholarships.

www.finaid.org – Scholarship clearinghouse site with info on the financial aid process.

www.goodcall.com/scholarships - Search for scholarships based on: entry difficulty, competition level, days left to apply, etc…  

Common Application and SUNY Application Information for Seniors

 Below are 3 links to help you prepare, submit and troubleshoot any issues regarding your Common Application.  You should first check to see if the colleges you will apply to, accept the Common App.  If applying to all private or a mix of private and SUNY schools, the Common App is what you should use. 
 
https://www.commonapp.org/ready - Link to articles for students and parents on everything you need to know to prepare for working on your Common Application.
 
 http://www.commonapp.org - The Common Application.  You will need to set up an account first.  Keep your password in a safe place!
 
 https://appsupport.commonapp.org/applicantsupport/s/ - Link for their solutions center.  All sorts of helpful information and troubleshooting support.
 
 If you are only applying to SUNY colleges, then the SUNY application is what you should use.  The link for the SUNY App is:  www.suny.edu/attend
 
If applying to Community Colleges, most offer a FREE application on their website.  Start there first!
 
If you receive free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for application fee waivers (to apply to colleges for free).  Please see Mrs. Sider about this before you apply.
 
 
 
 

Excelsior Scholarship & Enhanced Tuition Award

Seniors may now apply for the Excelsior Scholarship (for SUNY colleges) or the Enhanced Tuition Award (for private colleges in NYS).  Please visit www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior or www.hesc.ny.gov to find more information about these programs and for online applications.

Clark Scholarships

Clark Scholarship information and instructions will be given to seniors in December.  This scholarship is based primarily on academics (above an 86/87 Clark GPA).  Students may also qualify through their CTE program at BOCES.  Final completed applications will be due on 1/17/20.  

In September, the Clark Foundation negotiated an agreement with HESC which will allow students to use the Clark Scholarship for non-tuition expenses.  However, the scholarship office will need to be notified if your child A) plans to apply for the Excelsior Award and then B) if they receive this award.  They will then issue either a tution based award check or a non-tuition award check to the college.  The Clark Foundation assures all families that student scholarship amounts will not change, no matter which type of check is awarded. More information about this administrative change will be released in the spring. 

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