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2018-19 Excelsior Scholarship application

  • The 2018-19 NYS Excelsior Scholarship application is not yet available.
  • NYS HESC will notify students and families who wish to apply for the 2018-19 Excelsior Scholarship. Sign-up for an e-mail notification on the HESC webpage

Federal Perkins Loan program ends

  • Effective October 1, 2017, the Federal Perkins Loan ended. Funding is no longer available.
  • For more information, including the Perkins Loan Disclosure Statement for previous borrowers, please visit our webpage here.

2018-19 FAFSA filing news

  • FAFSA filing news! The 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available beginning October 1, 2017. To complete the application, please go to
  • Students/parents will report 2016 tax information on the 2018-2019 FAFSA. 

IRS Data Retrieval Tool returns 

  • The IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which allows students and parents to transfer tax information directly to the FAFSA, is now available beginning with the 2018-19 FAFSA.
  • When completing the FAFSA, you can use this tool to link verified IRS tax information to your FAFSA. This tool ensures accurate information is reported on the FAFSA and may reduce the number of documents you may have to submit to the school later on.
  • Note: Transferred income and tax information will not be displayed on, the IRS Web page, or on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Learn more here.

Recommended FAFSA filing dates

  • New students: file your FAFSA by January 1 to ensure the best offer of financial aid. To complete your FAFSA, please go to
  • Returning students: file your FAFSA by March 1 to ensure the best offer of financial aid.  



Last Updated: 1/26/18