Joe Robach Supports Governor Cuomo’s College Education Cost Tool

Students Can Compare Differences, Calculate Net Costs and Estimate Total Cost of College Education Online

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new tool that will help students and families interpret financial aid award letters from colleges and get bottom line costs before making a final decision. The Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool, available at, is free and safe to use, with no personal data collected or saved.

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for New York college students with another tool they can utilize to make the best financial decision possible when it comes to educational future and college financial aid,” said Senator Joe Robach in support of this new educational online 999581_626976497345108_1853113445_ntool. “In addition to this new website, I’m pleased to announce that I will be hosting two financial aid forums to help those seeking information about what kind of financial aid is available and how to apply for it.”

For many families it can be difficult to choose the best college at an affordable price, especially without a full understanding of the total costs—including which types of aid must be paid back. The tool generates side-by-side comparisons, highlights net costs, and estimates the full two or four-year cost of each college.

The report also recommends the potential income required after graduation, based on an occupation chosen by the user, to be able to pay back student loans. This feature not only helps students and their families understand the impact of borrowing as it relates to current and future circumstances, but encourages students to carefully consider their field of study and make adjustments in career or college choices if necessary. To make these projections, the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) uses current data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook to provide median salary estimates for selected occupations.

Senator Joe Robach Supports Education with Collegiate Scholarship

New York State Senator Joe Robach announced today that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is now accepting applications for four $2,000 scholarships, which will be awarded on June 9th at their Annual Legislative Conference Day. This scholarship is another example of Joe Robach’s support for higher education.

“Given the high costs of college, every opportunity must be made by students and their families to meet their required expenses with scholarships, student loans, financial aid and personal contributions,” said Robach.  “Our conference is very proud of our role in promoting higher education and assisting students in reaching their academic goals and full potential for future success.”

This year, the Italian-American State Legislators Conference will be awarding four $2,000 IMG_9295scholarships to four current or future college students from New York State.  Eligibility will be based upon the student’s grade point average, interest in pursuing a higher education, involvement in the local community as well as individual financial need.

The Conference is a bipartisan organization of New York State Assembly and Senate members who are actively involved in promoting and celebrating the state’s Italian-American community. The Conference mission is to work hard to elevate and highlight Italian-American contributions to the State of New York and beyond, in all aspects of society, including literature, the arts, architecture and politics. The conference also tries to dispel negative stereotypes of Italian-Americans.

Students may request an application by contacting Senator Robach’s office at (585) 225-3650 or

Senator Joe Robach Supports Education with Financial Aid Forum

New York State Senator Joseph Robach is pleased to announce that he is hosting two Student Financial Aid forums for families, a program that he feels will assist parents in learning about financial aid possibilities and higher education for their children.

Planning for your child’s college future can be confusing and difficult. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that I will be hosting two Financial Aid Forums to help those seeking information about what kind of financial aid is available and how you can apply for it,” said IMG_8642Joe Robach.

The College Financial Aid forums will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town of Greece Community & Senior Center, located at 3 Vince Tofany Boulevard, and Monday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue.

Representatives will have information available such as College Cost, Financial Aid programs such as TAP and HEOP, Financial Planning, College Savings Programs, and how to fill out FAFSA forms.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call Senator Robach’s office at (585) 225-3650.

Senator Joe Robach Supports Higher Education Competition

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that applications are now available for the fifth annual New York Business Plan Competition. Deadlines are fast approaching for student teams from across the state to apply for the chance to win more than $500,000 in total prizes as part of the upcoming regional competitions and the statewide final round which will be held at CNSE on April 25. The competition is being sponsored by SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), in collaboration with Title Sponsors SEFCU and the State University of New York (SUNY).

“My colleagues in state government have worked hard to make SUNY campuses the leading drivers of economic growth in communities across the state. This program will encourage New York State college students to apply themselves to the best of their abilities, while giving them hands-on experience in their field of study,” said Senator Joe Robach in support of this higher education program.

Presented by CNSE in partnership with the University at Albany School of Business andIMG_6687 Syracuse University, more than $500,000 in prizes is available to the top student-led startups from accredited colleges and universities throughout New York State. Each team will pitch a business idea to a panel of judges that includes national venture capitalists, angel investors, investment bankers, private equity investors, and seasoned entrepreneurs.

More than 60 colleges and universities are expected to participate from across New York. Interested students are encouraged to submit their business plans for innovations related to areas that include nanotechnology/advanced technology, energy/sustainability, biotechnology/healthcare, information technology/software, products/services, and social entrepreneurship/non-profit.

Joe Robach has always supported and advocated for a variety of higher education programs like the New York Business Plan Competition.