College Application Week, October 17-21 is a statewide effort to raise awareness about the importance of college planning and to support schools in helping low-income, first-generation college bound students apply. Here in NYC, we’d like this week to be a citywide celebration of college-going cultures in our schools and an opportunity to bring extra supports into schools. We know that schools run college application activities year-round, but we’d like you to join us during college application week to be a part of this exciting citywide effort. Last year, 250+ high schools participated. This year, our goal is to have 100% of all NYC DOE high schools participate!
Resources for Students and Families Steps to Support with College Exploration and Applications
Talk to your family, teachers, counselors, college students/alumni about your aspirations and share your list of college options. Ask them for feedback on your college essay and check out the College Planning Handbook for more resources.
If you haven't already, visit the colleges on your lists before applying and have a list of specific questions to ask the college representatives. Invite a friend, mentor or relative to go with you. Take advantage of virtual college tours, college fairs and fly-in programs to learn more about the college.
Once you submit college applications, get ready to apply for financial aid. This year FAFSA opens October 1st. Begin gathering tax and other information you need to complete financial aid forms. To access step-by step support, sign up for the First Lady’s Up Next texting tool which provides advising for FAFSA completion and student debt repayment. Also, visit federal and state government websites (here and here) for resources and tools to help you complete your financial aid forms.
(Information from NYCDOE)