Preparing for College  Preparing for College

    The following information and links are from the NYS Higher Education Services Corporation.  Below you will see information that will help jump start you on your journey to higher education.  The sooner you start your research, the more prepared you will be. 

    Begin your path with NYS Higher Education Services Corporation at https://www.hesc.ny.gov/

    NYS Prepare

    • The College Edge
    • Your High School Path to College
    • Choosing a Major & College
    • Apply to College

    NYS Pay

    • Financial Aid
    • Apply for Financial Aid
      • Smart Borrowing
      • 529 College Savings Program,
      • Tax Credit & Deductions
      • Additional Information: Military, Adult/Returning Students, Transfer Students and Youth in Care

    NYS Repay

    • Managing Your Loans
    • Repayment Options and Assistance
    • Delinquency & Default
    • NYSHELPs


    NYS Customer Communications Center

         Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), NYS Grants and Scholarships

    • 1-888-NYSHESC (1-888-697-4372) toll free or 1-518-473-1574 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. If you have an account number, please have it ready.
    • Reach HESC electronically. Please be prepared to include the student’s name, date of birth, and the last four digits of his or her social security number.


    Excelsior Scholarship/Enhanced Tuition Award

    • 1-888-NYSHESC (1-888-697-4372) select option 4, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or excelsior@hesc.ny.gov. Please include student name, date of birth, and the last four digits of his or her social security number.


    Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) and New York Higher Education Loan Program (NYHELPs)


    New York Higher Education Loan Program (NYHELPs) Current Borrowers


    NYS HESC Mailing Address

    New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
    99 Washington Avenue
    Albany, New York 12255