What You Should Know About Graduating From College in New York
When considering where you’ll attend college, it’s important to know your career options before you arrive. As of October 2020, New York employs the most people in these five industries: education and health services; government; trade, transportation, and utilities; professional and business services; and retail trade. However, other industries outside the top five list still employ a large number of people.
For New Yorkers who have earned their bachelor’s degrees, the top five fastest-growing careers are software developers, operations research analysts, athletic trainers, information security analysts, and education, training, and library workers.
To get a sense of future employment opportunities available to college graduates, here are some examples of companies that made the list of top 50 largest employers in New York: M&T Bank, Cornell University, Gate Gourmet Inc., Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Petrie Division, and many other companies.
When researching colleges in New York, it’s important to understand your financial aid options. The following list includes state and federal resources that show students grants, scholarships, and financial aid opportunities available to undergraduate students in New York.
- New York State Education Department. The New York State Education Department provides information about state-administered financial aid via the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) as well as state scholarships and loan programs.
- Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office provides more than $120 billion in financial aid every year. This money is offered in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. To check your eligibility for FAFSA, visit the FAFSA4caster, and to apply for assistance, complete the online FAFSA application.
- CareerOneStop. Sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CareerOneStop provides a comprehensive database of available scholarships and grants in each state. You can filter this source by degree type and the state where you plan to study. Each entry includes total sum awarded, application deadline, contact details, and other helpful information.