It takes a village to support our students and we could not do it without you. We are eternally grateful for your dedication! The College and Career Planning Team (CCPT), commits to providing you bi-weekly updates, student-level data tools and a College and Career Planning Point to support your school community, no matter where you are working from. In this edition, we focus on what your school team can do to help undocumented students with important parts of the financial planning process. The Senator José Peralta New York State DREAM Act application is currently open and Undocumented students are eligible to apply for state funding to pursue their education after high school.
To learn how you can support your undocumented students with the Dream Act application, register for this session on December 1st. Encourage families and students to register for CUNY admissions 101 sessions and application support in Spanish, Mandarin, Bengali, and Russian starting next week. Remind your students that they can all go to college, regardless of immigration status! Connect your students to scholarship opportunities that do not require proof of U.S. citizenship, or download the DREAMer’s Roadmap app to start searching for scholarships for undocumented students. Below you will find additional resources to support all your students on their journeys.
As we close out the month of November and prepare for thanksgiving recess, we encourage you to express gratitude to your colleagues and nominate an Outstanding Teacher and/ or Counselor for the Big Apple Awards by Jan 10. Most importantly, thank you for waking up everyday to make a difference in the lives of our students, assisting them with completing key financial aid forms and helping them plan for their future!
End of Nov. To-Do List:
✓Staff: Use the FAFSA completion data to follow-up with seniors who have not completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), support them with completing their financial aid applications before the December break.
✓Staff: Watch this virtual FAFSA/TAP Q&A session with special guest Michael Turner from the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) for tips on how you can support seniors with FAFSA completion.
✓Seniors: All schools received this FAFSA Poster which encourages seniors to watch this video to help them avoid making errors when selecting their high school.
✓Seniors: Share updated FAFSA guide with graduating seniors before Thanksgiving break. This edition includes updates and resources in response to COVID-19.
✓ Seniors: Encourage and support undocumented students with filling out the NYS DREAM Act application for NY state financial aid. Dream-U Curriculum also provides lessons and guidance on how to start the conversation early with English Language Learners and undocumented students.
✓Seniors: Support students who plan to pursue the military and/or enter the workforce, to think about their budget and financial plan after high school.
✓ All Students: Encourage students to reflect on what they are thankful for and to experience the joy that comes with giving to others.
News you can use Bulletin:
✎ Please note that federal law allows DOE staff members access to student records, only if the information is necessary for the staff member to perform his or her professional responsibilities. Refer to Chancellor’s Regulation A-820 for more information concerning student confidentiality requirements. We advise school staff to support students who plan to enroll in postsecondary institutions in the fall of 2021 to complete their financial aid applications before the December break in order to access Work-Study and other federal funds that are allocated on a first come first serve basis.
✎ For the third 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 Counselorsfor the Big Apple Awards by January 10.
✎ If a student does not meet the SUNY fee waiver requirements due to their family’s 2019 income, they could still be eligible for a fee waiver if their parent has become unemployed during the pandemic. Students would need to email the waiver along with unemployment documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Huge thanks to Tracey Ann at LGJ and Urban Assembly for sharing this!
✎ Macaulay has added a new character reference requirement to its application. Learn more here.