Paying for college

Financial Aid Awareness Month is a citywide campaign to encourage and help families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step for every single student accessing a postsecondary education. The College and Career Planning team has developed a website, an overview presentation, and resources to provide support to school staff who lead financial aid awareness activities in their schools. This collection contains all of the resources shared citywide.

Included Resources

The 2017 Understanding FAFSA: A How-To Guide for High School Students (And the Adults Who Help Them) is a guide designed to help students and families navigate the U.S. Department of Education’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in their quest to get financial aid for college. This collection contains all of the translations shared c...

NYC DOE is providing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Portal Presentation for school counselors, educators, and administrators interested in coordinating FAFSA completion activities at their schools. Through this presentation, educators will learn about New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) FAFSA Completion Initiative, FASFA Completion Portal, and useful resources to support students with completing with the FAFSA. Participating in this initiative allows NYC schools to identify and assist students completing FAFSA and TAP forms, thereby maximizing their access to financial aid.

The FAFSA Completion Data portal provides high schools with live data on FAFSA and TAP completion for graduating seniors. NYCDOE has partnered with the NY State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to develop this data portal. This manual provides educators with detailed instructions on how to complete registration and set up an account to retrieve the FAFSA/TAP completion reports. The FAFSA Completion Data portal provides school staff with live data on FAFSA and TAP completion for graduating seniors. This real-time data will allow you to effectively target and encourage students to complete these financial aid forms, thus helping to ensure a smooth transition to postsecondary education.

Financial aid awareness month toolkit includes sample parent presentations, lesson plans and other resources for site coordinators to successfully plan and deliver successful activities that support our students and families to file the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) forms. Completing the FAFSA is a crucial step for every single student in order to access the widest range of postsecondary education opportunities available to them.

This tip sheet provides guidance to school-based professionals to help support young people in foster care to access all available financial aid and supports.

The FAFSA Completion Data portal provides high schools with live data on FAFSA and TAP completion for graduating seniors. NYCDOE has partnered with the NY State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to develop this data portal. This FAQ provides educators with Tips to increase FAFSA and TAP completion, information on how to get access, and common errors to avoid.

This scholarship tip sheet is designed to support counselors and school staff with incorporating scholarship applications in their postsecondary planning. Some best practices include: hosting scholarship sessions during FAFSA nights, implementing scholarship completion during senior advisory, and conducting announcements of scholarship recipients.