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Clinton County Community College
Jefferson Community College
College of Essex and Franklin
Paul Smiths College
St. Lawrence University
The State University
8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam, New York 13699
Clarkson ranks among the finest universities
in the nation, according to such diverse measures as U.S. News and World Report,
the Association for Independent Technological Universities, and corporate recruiters.
Clarkson focuses on providing a rigorous professional experience, real-world experiences
for a real-world education, and developing a collaborative community for students,
faculty, and staff. website: http://www.clarkson.edu/
640 Bay Road Queensbury, NY 12804
As part of the State University of New York, Adirondack
Community College (ACC) is a two-year college accredited by the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools. ACC offers extensive Associate degrees and
Certificate programs and practices transfer agreements with numerous Colleges
23 Romoda Drive ∑ Canton, NY ∑ 13617
In an ideal location, St. Lawrence is a diverse liberal arts
learning community of inspiring faculty, serious students, accomplished graduates
guided by tradition and focused on the future.It is our expectation that students
at St. Lawrence University engage in the process of academic planning over their
academic career in order to best achieve their academic goals and reach their
full potential. website: http://www.stlawu.edu/
Country College of Essex and Franklin
23 Santanoni Ave., P.O.Box 89, Saranac Lake, NY 12983-0089 Phone: 518-891-2915
Toll Free: 1-888-879-6222
North Country Community College is committed to
providing, within Essex and Franklin counties, an innovative, challenging, supportive
environment where the intellectual, career, personal and creative aspirations
of all interested individuals can be realized. website: http://www.nccc.edu/
Cornell Drive ∑ Canton, NY 13617 315.386.7011 1.800.388.7123
The State University
of New York at Canton is a public, coeducational, residential college located
on a spacious campus along the banks of the Grasse River. Its northern location
places SUNY Canton close to the Adirondack Mountains, the St. Lawrence River,
and major Canadian cities such as Ottawa and Montreal. website:http://www.canton.edu/
Reservoir Road . Herkimer, New York 13350-1598
Overlooking a small village in Upstate New York, HCCC is a two-year unit of the
State University of New York, the nationís largest comprehensive system of public
higher education. A two-year degree from Herkimer prepares students for jobs or
to continue their education at a four-year school.
State University of New York at Potsdam
44 Pierrepont Avenue, Potsdam NY 13676, (315) 267-2000
SUNY Potsdam, located
in beautiful northern New York, is a small liberal arts college providing an education
that is driven by quality delivered in a way that is uniquely personal. We are
one of 64 units of the State University of New York and one of 13 SUNY Arts and
Science Colleges. SUNY Potsdam offers bachelor's and master's degrees in several
areas of liberal studies, music and teacher education. website:http://www.potsdam.edu/
1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601 (315) 786-2200
College (JCC) is a participating eArmyU college. JCC is one of the 30 community
colleges in the 64-campus system of the State University of New York (SUNY). A
two-year public institution supervised by SUNY and sponsored by Jefferson County,
the College offers both transfer and career programs leading to the associate
degree or certificate. website:http://www.sunyjefferson.edu/
101 Broad Street Plattsburgh, New York 12901.
Phone: (518) 564-2000Plattsburgh
State's remarkable campus culture and environment combine with an exceptionally
high quality of teaching to produce success for students.
The Plattsburgh experience
challenges students to discover their potential, to seek new intellectual horizons,
and to learn skills that can turn dreams into realities. It's an experience that
calls students to explore new ground and reach still greater heights of achievement.website:http://www.plattsburgh.edu/
Clinton Point Drive Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Community College, a member unit of the State University of New York, is situated
at Bluff Point, approximately 4 miles south of Plattsburgh, on forested heights
overlooking Lake Champlain. While the college features the modern equipment and
facilities necessary for contemporary educational needs, its distinctive architecture
and spectacular natural setting hint at significant times of the past. In fact,
the Bluff Point locale has been the scene of some of the most important events
in the founding of the American Republic and its tradition. It is fitting that
an area so magnificently beautiful and so much a part of the early development
of the United States is maintained for public use and enjoyment.website:
86 & 30 P.O. Box 265 Paul Smiths, NY 12970-0265 Tel: 518-327-6227 1-800-421-2605
Paul Smith's College is set in the Adirondacks of Northern New York amid awe-inspiring
mountains, sparkling lakes and lush forests. The main campus of the 14,200 acre
property is on the shores of Lower St. Regis Lake, providing a safe, comfortable
and invigorating environment to obtain baccalaureate or associate degrees. Bachelorís
programs include Biology, Business, Culinary Arts and Service Management, Fisheries
and Wildlife Sciences, Forestry, Hotel, Resort and Tourism Management, Natural
Resources, and Recreation, Adventure Travel and Ecotourism (RATE). Alternatively,
careers also start with Associate degrees in programs such as Business, Culinary
Arts, Forest Recreation or Forest Technician, Liberal Arts, Hotel and Restaurant
Management, Outdoor Recreation, Surveying, or Urban Tree Management.
you need to know about repaying student loans...
After you graduate, leave
school, or drop below half-time enrollment, you have a period of time before you
have to begin repayment. This ďgrace periodĒ will be six months for a Federal
(FFEL) or Direct Stafford Loan. nine months for Federal Perkins Loans (If youíre
a parent reading this and you have a FFEL or Direct PLUS Loan, you donít have
a grace periodórepayment generally must begin within 60 days after the loan is
youíve attended college or received other education beyond high school, and you
received federal student loans from the US Department of Education (ED) along
the way - Youíre now about to deal with paying them back. Youíll need to know
how to manage your student loan debt to avoid repayment problems.
several available repayment options so you can successfully repay your debt. Federal
student loans are real loans, just like car loans or mortgage loans. You canít
just get out of repaying a student loan if your financial circumstances become
difficult, unless you qualify for bankruptcy. But, itís very difficult to have
federal student loans discharged in bankruptcy; this happens only rarely. Also,
you canít cancel your student loans if you didnít get the education you expected,
didnít get the job you expected, or didnít complete your education, unless you
leave school for a reason that qualifies you for a discharge of your loan - Remember,
your student loans belong to you; you have to pay them back.
Consolidation Loan allows you to combine all the federal student loans you received
to finance your college education into a single loan.
New Provisions Permitting
Borrowers to Enter Repayment Early Under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as
amended and the Department's regulations, a borrower can request a repayment schedule
that provides for repayment to commence at a date that is earlier than six months
after the date the borrower ceases to carry at least one-half the normal full
time academic workload.
If the lender grants the request, the loan enters
the repayment period and the borrower waives any applicable grace period. This
is the case even if the borrower is currently enrolled in school. Such a borrower
will be eligible to obtain a consolidation loan to repay the loan on which early
conversion to repayment was granted, assuming all other eligibility criteria are
met. As stated above, the borrower waives any applicable grace period, now and
in the future.
To apply for a Direct Loan Consolidation or an FFEL Consolidation the borrower
must contact the lender and complete an application. Most lenders provide borrowers
with the ability to apply on-line or request an application over the telephone.
Once an application is completed and submitted, the lender will request information
from the borrowerís other lenders or from its own system to determine the amounts
outstanding on the borrowers loans. The borrower will then receive notification
about the consolidation loan, normal consumer disclosures, the amount owed, and
if appropriate, where to make payments.
loans have fixed interest rates that are based on the weighted average of the
interest rates on the loans being consolidated. A lender can provide a new consolidation
loan borrower with the lowest statutory weighted average interest rate for loans
by using the lower of the weighted average of the interest rates on the loans
being consolidated as of July 1 or the date the lender received the borrower's
consolidation loan application. The lender should apply a consistent method of
determining when an application is received.
Options for Determining Federal Consolidation Loan Interest Rates and Permitting
Borrowers to Enter Repayment Early
If the lender determines
that the borrower is still enrolled, the lender can put the loan that will now
be in repayment, into an in-school deferment status at the borrower's request.
The interest rate on the loan would be the deferment rate. If the borrower consolidates
the Stafford Loan, the deferment interest rate should be used in calculating the
weighted average interest rate on the consolidation loan.
repaying your student loan, you have some choices in repayment plans (for FFEL
and Direct Loans) that can make repaying easier and help you avoid delinquency
or default. If youíre delinquent, it means youíre late making a scheduled loan
payment (most often, youíre 30 days or more late). Default, explained in more
detail (see default page), generally means youíre 270 days or more late in making
a loan payment. (Note that for Federal Perkins Loans, however, default is defined
as the failure to make an installment payment when due or the failure to comply
with other terms of your promissory note or written repayment agreement.)
Although default is more serious than delinquency, even delinquency can be reported
to credit bureaus. A delinquency notation remains part of your financial history
and could affect your credit rating. Repaying your loan on time will help you
establish and maintain a good credit rating, which is crucial when you want to
buy a car or a house, or even if you want to rent an apartment. Sometimes, your
credit rating can even affect whether youíll be selected for a particular job.
Itís important to keep paying on your student loans!
Defaulting on your
you default, it means you failed to make payments on your student loan according
to the terms of your promissory note, the binding legal document you signed at
the time you took out your loan. In other words, you failed to make your loan
payments as scheduled. Your school, the financial institution that made or owns
your loan, your loan guarantor, and the federal government all can take action
to recover the money you owe. Here are some consequences of default:
credit bureaus can be notified of your default, which will harm your credit rating,
making it hard to buy a car or a house.
You would be ineligible for additional
federal student aid if you decided to return to school.
Loan payments can
be deducted from your paycheck.
State and federal income tax refunds can
be withheld and applied toward the amount you owe.
You will have to pay late
fees and collection costs on top of what you already owe.
You can be sued.
How to Apply for a Student Loan
U.S. Department of Education
the documents you need
Start with your Social Security Number, driver's license,
income tax return, bank statements and investment records.
Print a FAFSA
on the Web Worksheet
Write in your answers and gather your parent's information
then transfer the data to FAFSA on the Web.
Plan how to sign your FAFSA
Sign electronically with a U.S. Department of Education Personal Identification
Number (PIN) or by mailing in a signature page.
Apply for a PIN now!
Speed up the process by signing your FAFSA electronically with your PIN.
Your parent can sign electronically too.
Check your eligibility for federal
Note important deadlines
meet the Federal Student Financial Aid deadline:
as early as possible beginning January 1st of each year.
Schools and states
have their own deadlines. Contact them for exact deadline dates.
loans bear biggest part
of budget-cutting plan
(AP) -- As Congress moves to slash $40 billion in spending, no program will take
a bigger hit than college loans, where almost $13 billion would be cut over five
students, the upshot is mixed. Excessive government payments to banks would be
halted, freeing up some dollars for new grants, larger loan limits and reduced
overall, the student loan program would endure the largest cut in its history,
and most of the money would not be pumped back into education. Instead, under
a plan the House approved Monday, the money would be counted only toward reducing
the federal deficit.
a time when the entire country believes we need to make higher education more
affordable, Congress is trying to balance the budget on the backs of students,"
said Jasmine Harris, legislative director for the United States Student Association.
your monthly payments by up to 58%.
There's no credit check or fees.
who take out loans on behalf of their students would pay higher interest rates.
And other parts of the college package could indirectly drive up costs for students,
if banks pass on new expenses or offer less attractive loans as their profit margin
don't want to say the news is all bad. It's a decidedly mixed bag," said Terry
Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, the largest
coalition of colleges and higher education groups in the nation.
on balance, one comes to the conclusion that this is a sad step in the history
of the student loan program," Hartle said.
$12.7 billion in college cuts are part of an effort, led by conservative Republican
lawmakers, to show discipline with the public's money. But Democrats say GOP leaders
only want to pay for tax cuts, all the while eroding the ability of parents to
pay for college.
timing of Senate action was unclear. Colleges and university associations scrambled
Monday, urging the Senate to reject the bill as the Congress tried to end its
higher education, the single biggest cut appears to be in the profits of lenders.
current law, banks get to keep the excess money when the amounts that students
pay in interest exceed the rate of return that the government has guaranteed.
That would end. Lenders would have to refund the difference to the government,
meaning billions of dollars.
were able to reduce spending through changes in the way lenders operate," said
Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the chairman of the Senate education committee. "But at the
same time, we shielded the direct impact to students, and actually increased student
your monthly payments by up to 58%.
There's no credit check or fees.
interest rate for parent loans would increase to a fixed rate of 8.5 percent in
July. It is now a variable rate and had been set to move to a fixed rate of 7.9
the interest on students loans would also move to a fixed rate of 6.8 percent
in July, up from its current variable rate of 4.7 percent. But that change was
already set to happen under law, and the deficit-reduction bill does not alter
that plan. Student groups tend to support a fixed rate as a protection against
unstable, rising interest rates.
limits would increase from $2,625 to $3,500 for first-year students, and from
$3,500 to $4,500 for second-year students. The total borrowing limit allowed for
undergraduates would remain at $23,000. Lawmakers aimed for a compromise of letting
students borrow more at the start of college, reflecting current needs, without
sanctioning a bigger overall debt.
bill would offer grants to poorer, high-achieving students in the first two years
of college and older undergraduates studying math, science or high-demand foreign
Boehner, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House education committee, said the bill
"offers significant new benefits to students pursuing a college education."
critics said the size of those benefits doesn't come close to offsetting the cuts.
Bob Shireman, director of The Institute for College Access and Success: "Overall,
there will be less money out there for helping students pay for higher education.
And it's not being returned to the system, except in some small ways."
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