Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! The College and Career Planning Team (CCPT), commits to providing you timely updates, student-level data tools and a College and Career Planning Point to support your school community. In this edition, we focus on gearing up for College Awareness Day.

College Awareness Day is an opportunity to remind students that higher education is attainable and to support 9th, 10th graders and middle schoolers with early awareness activities. As you prepare to close out for the holiday break, we encourage you to mark your calendars to participate in the Annual College Awareness Day on January 11, 2021. Activities can include asking staff to wear their alma mater gear, encouraging younger students to attend virtual tours, and/or inviting seniors to share their experiences of applying to postsecondary programs. We also invite you to highlight your School’s College Awareness Day activities and seniors who have applied /matched to programs on your school’s website and social media by using the following hashtags: #FutureReadyNYC and #IApplied. Ensure students have media consent forms before posting on social media. 

As the year comes to a close, we would also like to thank you for your hard work! You carried the Class of 2020 through to success despite all the challenges we faced this year–we know you’ll do the same for 2021. We hope you have a peaceful holiday break and look forward to continuing working with you in the new year!

Jan. To-Do List:

✓ Register for the second Q&A session with Special Guest Michael Turner on Tuesday, January 19th from 2pm-3pm. The session is open to all staff supporting students with Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) completion. 

✓ Submit budget proposal for College Access for All–High School funding by Feb. 5.

✓ Group seniors by need and postsecondary plan and differentiate application and completion supports for students.

✓ Use the FAFSA guides and FAFSA  and TAP completion data to follow up with seniors who have not completed their financial aid forms.

✓ Ensure seniors have a completion status of 2 on FAFSA and TAP. Refer to more resources here.

✓ Review your CUNY application report and ensure students’ applications are complete (fee or waiver submitted, OSIS number on file, essay completed if applying to Queens, Baruch or Hunter). ✓ Talk to students about the attack on the U.S. Capitol with care and intention. Access other resources: 

News you can use Bulletin:

✎ NYCDOE press release announced a record-high of postsecondary enrollment in the Class of 2019. Graduation rate rises to 78.8 percent, increase of 10 percentage points since the start of the administration. The number of students enrolling in a two or four-year college program, as well as a vocational or public service program after graduation, has also reached an all-time high of 62.8%.

✎ SAT School Day/PSAT 10 Administration Notes: The DOE will continue to fund the SAT School Day administration for all students in grade 11 this spring. Due to budget constraints, the PSAT 10 will not be Centrally-funded this school year. 

✎ In February, the DOE will celebrate Career Exploration and Career and Technical Education® (CTE) Month. Refer to the Postsecondary Planning Toolkit for career exploration lessons and activities for grades 9–12. To receive login information for virtual career panels to share with your high school students and families, complete this registration by January 26. For more information, review this schedule and resource.

✎ Access free academic and mental health resources that are available to staff, students, and families on the InfoHub.

 ✎The stimulus bill, passed in late December, included big changes to the financial aid landscape: 





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