2021 Senior Transition Kickoff!

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 supporting students with navigating the Federal Aid Student Aid (FAFSA) verification process and Senior Transition Kickoff.

Research shows that low income students are often selected for verification more frequently than their higher income peers, and for some, this process often delays their ability to matriculate in the postsecondary program of their choice. Especially as the pandemic’s impact on physical and mental health, financial security, and continues. Students who are flagged for verification often need a caring adult to support through the process. We’ve partnered with OneGoal and SUNY Buffalo to create From FAFSA to Funded: Helping Students Navigate FAFSA Verification presentation. We encourage you to watch and share with your team members who are supporting seniors on their transition journeys. Now, you can also see which seniors that applied to CUNY have been flagged for verification on your school dashboards. Check your schools Dashboard and follow-up with students who have been flagged.  Additionally, uAspire is leading a College Cost Calculator Training on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 12pm, sign-up to learn more about how you can use this FREE financial aid comparison tool with your students. 

Last but not least, we are coordinating a Senior Transition Kickoff from April 19-30, to encourage and motivate seniors to complete their next steps. We aim to provide outreach directly to students via text alerts and host student facing events that will help seniors make a strong postsecondary decision and transition. Some of the events include FAFSA completion events in different 10 languages, skill building workshops, navigating support for students with IEPs and CUNY program orientations. Please share this 2021 Senior Transition Kickoff flyer with students and encourage them to register at http://bit.ly/SeniorTransitionKickoff21We also need your support with updating your seniors information on your school’s dashboard so they can receive automated motivational messages to help them prepare for a 1-on-1 meeting with staff at your school. Please note that only school members from your team who have been granted access can see and edit student information. Reach out to your CCPT point if you have questions.

Huge thank you for continuously building a learning environment virtually and in person where students can continue to pursue their postsecondary dreams! 

Apr. To-Do List:

✓ 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
✓ Share this flyer with FAFSA completion/ Financial Aid workshops in 10 different languages with students and families. 
✓ Encourage students to participate in the 2021 Senior Transition Kickoff and share the flyer
✓ Review your school’s dashboards to see which CUNY applicants have been flagged for verification and to update your seniors information to receive next step text alerts.
✓ Meet with Seniors 1:1 and support them 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).
✓ Review the 1:1 to Support Your Postsecondary Decision chapter in the Postsecondary Milestones Toolkit for suggested Decision Campaign activities and resources.
✓ Visit the CUNY Future Student Enrollment Guide to support admitted students with financial aid, advisement, and support programs.
✓ Plan and execute junior 1:1 meetings to share the action plan for a successful application process next fall.
✓ Review the 1-1 to Support Your Postsecondary Decision chapter in the Postsecondary Milestones Toolkit for suggested Decision Day  activities and resources.

News you can use Bulletin:

✎The SEE Summit is a national social justice summit envisioned and led by students from districts across the country. The free virtual event will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021 and is open to the public.  
✎ The New York Times is seeking college application essays about money, work, or social class. Students can submit their essays for potential publication by Monday, April 26, 2021 and writers will be paid the paper’s normal freelance rate.
Reach Higher’s Emergency Grant application is now open until Friday, June 25, 2021 (or whenever 2,000 applications have been submitted – whichever comes first). The application takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and if accepted, students can expect payment in 1-3 business days.
✎ New York Attorney General Letitia James along with attorneys general from 22 other states are calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona to further address student loan debt.
✎ A powerful essay written by a New York City Department of Education high school librarian living and working in Queens, New York. 

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