Higher Education Services Corporation, NYS (HESC)


HESC is New York State's student financial aid agency that helps people pay for college and a national leader in providing need-based grant and scholarship award money to college-going students.
At HESC's core are programs like the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), the Excelsior Scholarship which allows eligible full-time students to attend a SUNY or CUNY two-year or four-year college tuition-free, numerous other state scholarship and award programs, a federal college access grant program and a highly successful College Savings program. HESC puts college within the reach of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers each year through financial aid programs like these, and through the guidance it provides to students, families and counselors. In 2017-18, HESC helped more than 357,000 students achieve their college dreams by providing more than $1.06 billion in grants, scholarships and loan forgiveness benefits, including $924 million awarded through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).



  99 Washington Ave., Albany NY, 12255    Map this

Contact Numbers

(888) 697-4372
Fax:  (518) 474-5593


Dr. Guillermo Linares , President.
(518) 474-5592
Executive Vice President - Elsa Magee
(518) 474-5775
Sr. Vice President, Communications & Pre-College Services - Vacant
(518) 474-5775
General Counsel - Gary Simpson
(518) 473-1585
Director, Collections Accounting & Account Control - Frank Brockley
(518) 473-0436
Director of Federal Relations - Frank Ballmann
(518) 486-7502
Chief Financial Officer - Warren Wallin
(518) 486-7443
Director, Audit Division - Christine Konsistorum
(518) 474-8893
Director, Customer Communications Center - Joseph Agresta
(518) 402-1281