Although students are enjoying their summer vacations, many college-bound students are working summer jobs, babysitting and mowing lawns to help afford their college education this fall. It is never too early, or too late, to start planning for college, and I am pleased to let students know about the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), a one-stop shop for New York State residents in pursuit of a higher education.
By contacting HESC, students can learn about state and federal financial aid opportunities, such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the New York State Higher Education Loan Program (NYHELPs). There is also information about financial aid for part-time students and scholarship opportunities.
Additionally, HESCís website also includes specific information for students paying their own tuition, parents or guardians who may be looking to set up a college savings account or need help applying for financial aid, and members of the military who can qualify for military scholarships and grants, as well as information for recent graduates regarding loan repayment and consolidation options.
In todayís global economy, having an education is one of the most important steps students can take in order to compete and succeed in the future. Although tuition costs continue to rise, there are many affordable options and assistance available to anyone looking to obtain a college degree. I strongly encourage students to visit HESCís website at www.hesc.org, and for students to contact me by emailing email@example.com to share news and stories from their college experience, tips that other students might find helpful or to obtain further assistance.
Congratulations to the Class of 2011, and good luck to them and all students, young and old, who may be considering college or other advanced degrees!