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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

10/21 - 10/25 - College Application Week! 
10/22/19 - SUNY Plattsburgh Rep visit at 10:00am 
10/24/19 - SUNY Morrisville Rep visit at 10:00am 
10/25/19 - Elmira College Rep visit at 11:30am
10/30/19 - 1:00 - Tolerance & Diversity Assembly
10/31/19 - Hartwick College Rep visit at 9:00am
11/1/19 - Russell Sage College Rep visit at 11:15am
11/1/19 - SUNY Oneonta Rep visit at 11:45am 
11/7/19 - SUNY Geneseo Rep visit at 12:15pm
11/8/19 - Registration deadline for the 12/7 SAT and 12/14 ACT
11/12/19 - Herkimer CCC Rep visit at 11:00am 
11/13/19 - Keuka College Rep visit at 12:00pm 

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:

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.

2019-2020 Herkimer College Now Classes Tuition Free!

Herkimer College has announced that all dual enrollment college classes will be tuition free for the 2019-2020 school year!  The New York State budget authorized SUNY to reduce or waive tuition for dually enrolled students who earn college credits while in high school, allowing Herkimer and other SUNY colleges to offer this incredible opportunity for high school students throughout the State. 
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Address: 55 Main St P.O. Box 301, Laurens, NY 13796     •      Phone: 607-432-2050     •      Fax: 607-432-4388     •      © 2019. School CMS Created by eSchoolView