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December Graduates must attend Direct Loan Exit Counseling Session!!

Students who are graduating in December and borrowed a Federal Direct Student Loan(s) must attend an Exit Counseling Session.  This session will explain in detail:

  • Repayment options for your student loan(s)
  • Deferment and Forbearance Information
  • General information on repayment of your student loan(s)

When:  Thursday, December 7th 12:30

Where: RMCC 288

Please bring with you 2 references. You will need their name, address and phone number.  These references must reside in separate households and should be someone who can assist a student loan company should they have trouble locating you in the future.


Empire Diversity Scholarship application available

The Empire Diversity Scholarship is available to students from a broad range of backgrounds who contribute to the diversity of our campus.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens and must be New York State residents, who make a contribution to the diversity of the student body in their program or school, primarily by overcoming a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

Some examples of diversity indicators might include physical or other disability, first generation college student status and non-English speaking background. Membership in a racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in the program or school for which the student is applying may serve as a plus factor in making awards, but may not form the sole basis of the award.

 Application deadline is December 14th!!! Apply now!!

Excelsior Scholarship application available for the spring semester

New York State residents may be able to attend Herkimer County Community College tuition free through the Excelsior Scholarship program. The first-in-the-nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers earning up to:

$100,000 annually in 2015 for the 2017-2018 academic year

$110,000 earnings in 2016 for the 2018-2019 academic year

$125,000 in 2017 for the 2019-2020 academic year

The Excelsior Scholarship application for the spring 2018 semester for new applicants is now available. Current Excelsior Scholarship recipients should not complete this application. If you first received the award in the fall term of the current academic year, no additional action is needed for the spring term.

New applicants include students first attending spring 2018 semester as well as students who attended the fall semester and missed the July deadline.  The application is available from October 30 until December 4th.  If you need more information or want to complete an application, contact HESC.


Winter Mini Financial Aid Information

Students taking courses in the 2018 Winter Mini term are not eligible for financial aid.  However, if the student has enough financial aid for the spring 2018 term in excess of their spring bill the Financial Aid Office can defer the winter charges to the spring bill.  Students who wish to use this option must complete a Winter Mini Financial Aid Application.


FAFSA filing workshop

The financial aid staff will assist students and parents applying to any college by helping them complete the FAFSA and TAP applications.

Saturday, November 18th at 9:00am

Upstairs Library, ACS Computer Labs


It's time to file your 2018-2019 FAFSA application!!

Students can now file their 2018-19 FAFSA.  When completing the application students and parents will use their 2016 federal income tax information.  Both student and parent (if applicable) will use an FSA ID to electronically sign the FAFSA application.  The FSA ID can be created on the FAFSA website.

New York will pay your student loan bill for two years!!!

Select the link below for details on this new loan program designed to assist students paying back their student loans.  Eligible students will have New York State pay on their student loans for 2 years.

Student Loan Program

Financial Literacy

Now you can improve your financial literacy with online courses through the SUNY Smart Track Financial Literacy Website.  You can learn about budgeting, identity theft and personal money management.  Set up an account and get started today!!

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