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For students seeking their first New York State financial aid award in academic year 2006-2007 and thereafter, Education Law requires you to have a high school diploma from a recognized school providing secondary education within the United States, to have a high school equivalency diploma earned through passing the Test Assessing Secondary Completion,(TASC), formally known as the GED, or to achieve a passing score on one of four approved “ability-to-benefit” tests.

If you first received NYS financial aid in academic year 1996-1997 through 2005-2006, you must have a high school diploma, have a GED/high school equivalency diploma, or achieve a passing score on an approved ability-to-benefit test.

In New York State, only public high schools and registered non-public schools are permitted by Education Law to issue high school diplomas. If you have completed your education at a non-public school that has chosen not to register with the State Education Department, you must choose one of the other options for establishing your eligibility for student aid.

If you have graduated from an out-of-state secondary school, the school must be recognized or authorized by the state where the school is located. If the school is not recognized or authorized by the state, you must choose one of the other options for establishing eligibility for financial aid.

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Ability to Benefit
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