Thank you for your hard work and advocacy! This edition focuses on supporting all students, especially undocumented students, with important parts of the financial planning process. Earlier this year, the Senator José Peralta New York State DREAM Act was passed. Now, undocumented students are eligible to apply for state funding to pursue their education after high school. UAspire and Options Institute curated this webinar recording, along with these resources to inform professionals in the field about this new application process. Additionally, the Dream-U Curriculum also provides lessons and guidance on how to start the conversation early with English Language Learners and undocumented students.
Financial Future Month is about being inclusive of our students’ postsecondary plans and providing activities that help them make informed financial decisions. In addition to completing financial aid forms, examples of inclusive financial planning activities include: sharing information on how to open bank accounts; creating budgets; using the SUNY Smart Track Tool; hosting scholarship workshops and conducting announcements of scholarship recipients. Students do not have to wait until senior year to begin planning for their financial future and searching for scholarships. We hope these aforementioned activities and scholarship tips will help you gain additional ideas on how to help all students with financial planning. Lastly, before you leave for Thanksgiving recess, we want to recognize you and your hard work in assisting our students to complete key financial aid forms. We certainly are grateful for your dedication and hope you enjoy your holiday!