Counseling News for April

SAT/ACT for Juniors
If you haven’t taken the SAT/ACT exams or would like to retake them, you are encouraged to sign up online or by mail. Registration forms are located in the Counseling Office. Many scholarships require scores as part of the selection process. Fee waivers are available, please see your counselor if you need one.


Financial Aid for Seniors
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is still available to any family who has yet to apply! If you haven’t applied, please do so immediately, so you don’t miss out on funding from loans, grants or other financial aid that is available to you. Please visit the website, Apply for Financial Aid | Federal Student Aid, to complete the form online. Contact the online financial aid office for further assistance with completing the application. Worksheets are also available on the site to assist you with completing the form. Do not mail the worksheets to the Financial Aid Center.

Scholarships
Seniors are encouraged to visit the Counseling Office for scholarship opportunities. Many of the scholarships are located on the district website at: http://www.holleycsd.org/Scholarships.aspx. In addition, paper copies are available in the Counseling Office as well as on our bulletin board. Please see Kristina Tese for details.

NYS Excelsior Scholarship
The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition-free. The application for the 2021-22 academic year for new applicants is now open. Go to www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior for more information and to find out how to apply. Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application.

To be eligible, an applicant must:
  • be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
  • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
  • have either graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved "Ability to Benefit" test, as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
  • have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $125,000 or less;
  • be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University;
  • be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program;
  • if attended college prior to the 2020-21 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying for an Excelsior Scholarship;
  • be in a non-default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award;
  • be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by a NYS award that the applicant has previously received; and
    execute a contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.

To complete the application, eligible students will need:

  • to complete the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the TAP Application: NYS Higher Education Services Corporation - NYS TAP.
  • copies of 2019 New York State income tax return(s) filled by students and their parent(s) or students’ spouses, as applicable.

GCC EOP
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Genesee Community College (GCC) provides academic and financial support for students to guide them through the rigors of their college experience. To be eligible for admission to EOP, a student must be:

  • A New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average between 70-83 percent, or G.E.D., and be a first-time, full-time student (no prior college); and
  • Qualify as economically disadvantaged according to the income guidelines: Educational Opportunity Program - SUNY.

In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. Due to funding constraints and demand, GCC is limited to capping EOP enrollment to 100 students on a first-come, first-served basis. Please fill out GCC’s application for admission and check the appropriate box to indicate your interest in EOP. For more information, visit https://www.genesee.edu/offices/student-success-center/eop/.

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