December Edition

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! 

Dec. To-Do List:

  • Use the FAFSA guides and FAFSA  and TAP completion data to follow up with seniors who have not completed their FAFSA. Refer the FAFSA completion data portalmanual.
  • Refer to TAP instructions and follow these tips to avoid FAFSA page confirmation issues in order to link to the TAP application.
  • Support undocumented students with filling out the NYS DREAM Act application.
  • Support students who plan to enroll in postsecondary institutions in the fall of 2020 to complete their financial aid applications before the December break.
  • Review Financial Future Month toolkit for best practices to support your FAFSA completion efforts.
  •  Support students with applying to scholarships and host financial planning workshops.
  • Plan an early college awareness activity for 9th and 10th graders in preparation for College Awareness Day Jan 11.  

News you can use Bulletin:

NYCDOE press release announced a record-high 48,782 students in the Class of 2018 enrolled in college, which is 62 percent of graduating students, an 11 percentage point increase in NYC. 

✎ For the second year, postsecondary counselors who have made significant strides in advancing their students’ postsecondary readiness and success are also being recognized through the Big Apple College & Career Ambassador award. Nominate Outstanding Teachers and Counselors for the Big Apple Awards by December 2.

✎ Encourage students to apply for the YCteen Writing Contest. Winners will receive prizes: 1st Prize $150| 2nd Prize $75| 3rd prize $50. Submissions are due Jan 6.





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