Financial Aid

  • Federal and State financial aid is very individualized and is not one size fits all.  We encourage you to have honest conversations at home regarding finances for post-secondary education, so students can make informed decisions about their future.

    The cost of attendance of many post-secondary options, be it college or occupational training, is an extremely important part of the search for many families.  Financial aid can be a confusing part of the process.  We recommend that you direct specific questions about the financial aid process to the college’s financial aid office. 


    What is Financial Aid?

    Financial aid helps pay the cost of attending college. Depending on the type of college, costs may include:

    • Tuition and fees
    • Room and board
    • Books and supplies
    • Transportation
    • Miscellaneous personal expenses
    • Required loan fees
    • Study abroad costs
    • Dependent care expenses
    • Expenses related to a student's disability

    Financial aid is based either on a student's financial need or merit, such as high grades or ability in a particular subject or sport.

    Financial aid comes in four different forms:

    • Grants
    • Scholarships
    • Work Study
    • Loans

    Grants and scholarships are known as "free money" because the student does not need to pay this aid back. Work study and loans are "self-help aid" because in each case, the student either needs to work in order to receive the aid or to pay the funding back, plus interest, after graduation.

    Financial aid comes from a variety of sources:

    • Federal government
    • New York State
    • Colleges
    • Community organizations, associations and other groups

     Learn more about types of financial aid.


    CSS Profile

    The CSS Profile is an online application used by colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal institutional aid.

    Some colleges, primarily private colleges, ask for additional financial information (in addition to FAFSA) to determine school-based aid through the CSS/Profile application.  The CSS Profile is an online application that collects information used by nearly 400 colleges and scholarship programs to award non-federal aid.  A college’s financial aid page should let you know if this is part of their financial aid process, so be sure to check every website.

BHS Financial Aid Presentation