General Information

    Useful links for Financial Aid Forms
    • NEW YORK STATE EXCELSIOR SCHOLARSHIP - click here for application and additional requirements. ​​​​​​​ANTICIPATED DEADLINE is July at the conclusion of the school year.
    *Be aware that you are on the .gov site. Some other sites claim to be a way to fill out the FAFSA but charge you for this service. You should not have to pay to fill out the FAFSA.

    Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents.

    If you want to create an FSA ID now, go for it!
    Colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, and scholarship programs use the information collected on the CSS Profile to help them award nonfederal student aid funds. Click here for a list of participating institutions that use the CSS Profile.


    Useful links for Grants and Loans
    • Federal Student Aid - Information from the US Dept of Education about how to get financial aid through the FAFSA
    • Higher Education Services Center (HESC) NEW The New York State Excelsior Scholarship link and application. Learn about New York State financial aid programs: Grants, Loans, TAP, College Savings Program and more.
    • NYHELPs - New York State Educational Loan Program helps find loans at low cost and fixed rates that are sometimes not available in the private loan market.
    • Sallie Mae - Understanding college costs, loan process, saving for college
    • College Board - College costs, scholarships and aid, how to pay, loan center
    • Nelnet - Education planning and financing


    Useful links for Scholarships

    These sites include scholarship search programs designed to assist families in identifying potential scholarship services.
    • NYS STEM Scholarship information - The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY or CUNY tuition scholarship for the top 10 percent of students in each New York State high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associates or bachelor degree program and agree to work in a STEM field in New York State for 5 years after graduation.


    • College Board - Information on finding college scholarships, understanding steps in financial aid and estimated family contribution (EFC)
    • Fast Web - Free scholarship search site
    • CollegeXpress - Search scholarships, find a loan, explore colleges, prep for tests
    • - Complete a personalized profile to match your specific skills, talents, interests, and abilities to the database of over 600,000 college scholarship awards.
    **The sites listed on this page are for informational purposes. There are many other useful resources on the internet that you may take advantage of. Use caution and watch for should not have to pay for any of this information.**


    Information on scholarship scams

Financial Aid Night

    Financial Aid Night is open to all families who are interested in learning about the process of applying for Financial Aid. This evening is an opportunity to provide parents with a better understand the types of funding available for college and the necessary forms that follow the process.  Additionally, on the same night our college fair will run from 6:30pm until 8:00pm so you can go to both events with plenty of time to spare.
    It is our pleasure to present to you a Virtual Financial Aid Night presented by the financial aid experts at SUNY Dutchess.  The video link we are providing can be watched at any time, but please note that the FAFSA is now open to be filled out in order to be eligible for financial aid.
    Additionally, SUNY Dutchess has been gracious enough to provide a question link where you may ask specific questions and receive a response from those that work directly in financial aid at the college level.  The link to the presentation and question link is below.
    Should you have specific questions related to financial aid and your student at CCHS, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's counselor.