Submit Your Student Aid Story


  • Please review examples from recent years. These stories demonstrate the importance of specific New York State financial aid programs — TAP, HEOP, STEP/C-STEP and the Liberty Partnership Program.
  • Enlist the participation of a student who depends upon financial aid to attend your college or university. Ask the student to describe what receiving state financial aid means in his or her life. We suggest that you video the student so we can upload the story to YouTube.
  • Email the student's name, campus, and video to
  • If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Terri Standish-Kuon at 518-436-4781.

Note: In sharing your story, you fully and freely consent to the use, by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU) and/or its agents and assigns, of my photograph, picture, name, comments, testimonial and/or promotion of the same for purposes of the Independent Sector of Higher Education in New York.