Gearing up for College Bridge for All!

Greetings! 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 are focusing on College Bridge for All. 

Across the country, between 10 – 40% of students experience “summer melt”, a phenomenon where college-intending students do not enroll. This rate is especially high among low-income, first-generation students. In New York City, 28% of students who apply to CUNY do not enroll at any college. We can prevent this from happening by encouraging New York City Alumni to become bridge coaches to support the class of 2021. 

The College and Career Planning team in partnership with CUNY, intends to offer an expanded, city-wide model of College Bridge for All this summer that will support all seniors not otherwise served by another program pending budget and capacity. We do not advise that high schools set aside funds at this time to pay for a Bridge Coach. We will provide additional information as it becomes available prior to our summer programming.

In preparation, we will be screening applicants, please help us recruit stellar NYC alumni. Enclosed please find the 2021 Bridge Coach Job Description and application link. Deadline to apply is March 17th. Unlike previous years, Bridge Coaches will be matched to graduating seniors instead of participating schools. We will share more information soon. We are also seeking Hub Supervisors to supervise and support Bridge Coaches. Review the Hub Supervisor Job Description and apply and/or share with qualified applicants before April 1st. This is a per-session opportunity. 

We thank you in advance for helping us spread the word and participating in this citywide effort!

End of Mar. To-Do List:


✓  Recruit stellar NYC alumni for the 2021 Bridge Coach Job and share application by March 17th.
✓ Review the Hub Supervisor Job Description and apply and/or share with qualified applicants before April 1st
✓ Review College Access for All–High School funding Galaxy deadlines and procedures. The next date to watch for is March 18th when most budget modifications are due.
✓ Request accommodations for students with IEPs and ELLs four weeks prior to the SAT administration.   
✓ Remind juniors to set up and link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts.
✓ Order the exams for SAT School Day. Additional details are available here
✓ Plan and execute junior 1:1 meetings to share the action plan for a successful application process next fall.
✓ Use the FAFSA  and TAP completion data to follow up with seniors who have not completed their financial aid forms. Refer to more resources here.
✓ Support seniors with making best academic and financial fit postsecondary decisions by May. Use this citywide match tool to compare graduation rates, the award letter comparison tool to assess affordability and consult with this loan guide
✓ Support seniors with advocacy calls for opportunity programs, verification process and assist eligible students in beginning to fill out the NYS DREAM Act eligibility application (which will need to be finalized once students have graduated and can submit evidence of graduation).

News you can use Bulletin:

✎ A change in federal law has made more students temporarily eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This Electronic Announcement provides information about which students may be eligible under the new, temporary exemptions, what information students or State SNAP agencies may request from institutions of higher education, and where institutions of higher education can get more information.
✎ Watch the 30min “highlight reel” of our 2 recent sessions on 1-on-1 support for seniors and juniors, HERE with cue points to skip ahead to each tool showcased.
✎ Share your expertise at the Guiding the Way to Inclusion conference in July or the NACAC National Conference in September! Submit a session proposal or serve as a reviewer
✎ The New York Times is seeking College Essay submissions on topics of money, work and or social class for publication. Encourage your seniors to submit.  
✎ “12 questions every student should ask their School Counselor” in 9 DOE languages, from our partners in the Division of Multilingual Learners. 
✎ Reach Higher is seeking nominations for students and educators to highlight on social media.

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