College Planning

Financial Aid


In order to qualify for a student or parent loan, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed during the Senior year college application process, and each year the student attends college.




CSS Profile

Certain colleges/universities require applicants to complete the CSS Profile in addition to the FAFSA form. Please review the CSS Profile link for more information.

Financial Aid Night

Haldane hosts a Financial Aid Night at the start of each school year. A college financial planning expert presents the ins and outs and provides valuable tips for navigating financial aid process. Families of all high school students are welcome to attend this event.



NYS High Education Services - Student Financial Aid - What Students & Parents Should Know
College Financial Planning Resources


Please use caution when applying for scholarships. Students should never be required to pay a fee to apply for a scholarship. Visit to learn more.


Common App


Each year, Haldane school counselors visit high school classes to review Naviance information with students and help guide them through college and career exploration.

Haldane's Naviance Website


International Resources

Butterfield Library is offering two college prep workshops during the month on October:

 10/7 and 10/9 - Essay writing workshop for seniors. Bring a draft of your essay. 

10/10 - How Much Does College Really Cost? program for Junior and Senior    families, given by an independent educational consultant

9th and 10th Grades

11th Grade

11th Grade College Planning

College Application Checklist

During Junior year, each student and their parent/guardian will meet with the high school counselor and receive the Junior College Planning binder. At that time, they will develop a personal college planning timeline and to-do list. Juniors will also participate in a Naviance training session where they will build on career interests developed through the years. Using the Super Match Engine, they will create a list of target colleges and learn about admissions requirements. In April, Juniors will attend the College and Career Fair at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES.

12th Grade

12th Grade College Planning

Senior Questionnaire

College Application Blue Form - you must complete a separate form for each school

College Application Checklist

During Senior year, the student and school counselor will work closely throughout the college application process. A one-on-one meeting will be scheduled and weekly check-ins are encouraged.


In October, the Senior class spends a day visiting a college of their choice. Haldane coordinates tours at Dutchess Community College and Mount Saint Mary. Students also have the option of visit a college with their family that day, or remaining at Haldane to participate in a college essay workshop.

College Week

In October, the high school celebrates College Week when faculty and staff proudly display and wear their college or university gear. These conversation-starters encourage students to ask questions about teachers' own college decision-making process, areas of study, and overall experiences.

Instant Decision Day

Throughout College Week, the school counselor coordinates several Instant Decision Days with schools such as Dominican College, Mount Saint Mary's College, Dutchess Community College , St. John's University, and Mercy College. Admissions representatives visit Haldane to conduct student interviews, review applications and transcripts, and provide instant acceptances. In 2017, instant decision students were awarded over $117,000 in scholarships.


In the Spring the guidance office will coordinate a college admissions panel that will consist of admissions counselors from SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Oneonta, Utica College, Manhattan College and Mount Saint Mary College. The counselors will offer advice on the college application process and provide an inside view on the admissions process. There will be time at the end of the session for questions and open discussion.

College Visit Absences

Students who plan a college visit during a regular school day must provide the attendance office with documentation of the visit, tour, or interview.