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/
- The College Edge
- Your High School Path to College
- Choosing a Major & College
- Apply to College
- 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
- Managing Your Loans
- Repayment Options and Assistance
- Delinquency & Default
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
- Borrowers Experiencing Repayment Difficulties: Delinquency Resolution Team at 1-800-888-0741 or email@example.com.
- Borrowers with Loans in Default: Office of Default Collections at 1-866-991-HESC (4372) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York Higher Education Loan Program (NYHELPs) Current Borrowers
- Firstmark Services at 1-888-295-0917 or email@example.com .
NYS HESC Mailing Address
New York State Higher Education Services Corporation
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12255