There's much to understand and consider regarding the college application process.
Paying for education is a top concern.
See our budding list of resources below.
A main go-to website for FREE upcoming and on-demand virtual events for a detailed overview of the financial aid process for New York State students and families. www.StartHereGetThere.ny.gov
The website of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It’s a user-friendly resource, and more importantly, it’s where you apply for federal aid, including Pell grants, direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans, and PLUS loans. www.fasfa.ed.gov
If you are looking for a scholarship and other free financial resources, this is a great site. Once you register, you can access a database of awards based on your individual qualifications and needs. www.fastweb.com
In combination with other financial aid programs, this scholarship allows students to attend a City University or State University college tuition-free. www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior
A great site for basic information about colleges. It is a federal website is an excellent start to the college search process. www.nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
As more colleges are turning to become test-optional, this site is an up to the minute resource to locate those colleges that don’t require applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores. www.fairtest.org
This site provides basic and clear understanding, along with practical advice about the various college options. This site will help in narrowing your college list based on your profile and interests. www.petersons.com
This site allows you to create a profile of yourself, and then creates a roadmap to use in a very easy manner. It contains step-by-step guides to easily view a snapshot profile. It is also a great site to create an action plan year-by-year during high school. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/
This site offers you a quick, easy and free college scholarship search to save you hours sorting through the millions of scholarships in our database. However, for those of you who prefer to root around and sort through thousands of our most popular awards, we have this enormous list of great opportunities to help pay your way through college.
The nation’s largest urban university, offering a range of undergraduate, graduate degrees and continuing education opportunities to over 500,000 students of all ages and backgrounds on 25 NYC campuses. www.cuny.edu
Connect with a SUNY counselor one on one to find your best path forward and get expert guidance with your application for the State University of New York. www.suny.edu &
A free skill-building, college prep, and employment certification programs with one-on-one career coaching to help you to train up and move up. https://www.suny.edu/sunyforall/
Smart Track® resources cover the spectrum of personal financial literacy, from budgeting, responsible credit card use and avoiding identify theft to the basics of banking, borrowing and working through college. https://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/literacy/
The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, and developmental coursework) to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend participating institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey. https://admissions.rutgers.edu/new-jersey-educational-opportunity-fund-eof
The Law (Statute P.L. 2013, c.170), now in effect, allows undocumented students who meet certain criteria to qualify for the in-state tuition rates at all of New Jersey's public institutions of higher education. On December 20, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law Senate Bill 2479 (The Tuition Equality Act) referred to as the New Jersey Dream Act. If you are an undocumented student and wish to apply for in-state tuition status, please complete NJCU REQUEST FOR IN-STATE TUITION STATUS.
The Latino College Expo, is the longest standing college fair, and Leadership Summit in NYC (30 years). Its mission is to elevate the educational aspirations of the Latino community, and all youth by providing an array of services and private consulting that is sensitive to the needs of its families and clients. In addition, partnering with Making IT Happen, LLC, and having over 30+ years in the field of access and success, they have expanded to provide professional development and technical assistance in the field of college guidance, high school counseling, and college admissions best practices. www.latinocollege-expo.org