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/SeniorTransitionKickoff21. We 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!