MyESC Resources for Financial Aid
By Kristina Delbridge, director of financial aid, Financial Aid Office
August 14, 2014
If you are getting ready for the fall term and plan to use financial aid, there are a few steps you can take to make sure that you are receiving all of the aid you should receive and that the aid process runs smoothly.
The status of your 2014-2015 federal financial aid can be viewed under the “My Financial Aid” section on the “My Records” page. If we have everything we need to determine your federal aid eligibility, your status will show as complete and you can then click the “View my financial aid award letter” tab. This will show you what aid has been awarded. If you are expecting a federal loan, but it does not show up in your award letter and your record status is listed as complete, visit www.studentloans.gov and complete the Entrance Loan Counseling form and the Master Promissory Note.
If you are an Undergraduate student planning to attend halftime and are a NY state resident, you should complete the 2014-2015 Aid for Part Time Studies form online at www.esc.edu/sfsforms. If you are an Undergraduate student planning to attend full time, are a NY resident and haven’t received a TAP acceptance or denial notification from NY State Higher Education Services Corporation, you should recheck your TAP application status online at www.hesc.ny.gov. If you received notification from them that you are approved but your award letter with Empire State College doesn’t reflect an award, recheck your TAP application to make sure you’ve listed Empire State College as your school.
After registering for classes or making changes to your existing registration, visit the “Student Account Statement” tab under the “My Financial Records” section to ensure that all of the financial aid you were expecting is listed properly on your account. If it isn’t, contact the Student Information Center at 1-800-847-3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. This will allow us to address any issues as quickly as possible.
As a reminder, if a credit balance is listed on your account, you can order your course books online at www.esc.edu/bookstore and have them charged against your account. Planning ahead now by registering for your classes early, making sure the financial aid application process is fully completed and making sure that you have the necessary books and supplies for a successful term, will hopefully allow you to finish your summer with a little bit of relaxation. We hope you enjoy the remainder of the summer and wish you a successful fall term!