Share your goals and concerns with family, friends, school advisers, and mentors. Look for a NYC college access program that can offer you opportunities to explore college campuses, find internships, and help you through the college process. Ask questions and speak up until all of your questions are answereed.
How do I find a program to help me with college applications?
Search the NYC College Line directory for programs in your neighborhood. Call programs that you are interested in to make sure that you qualify and to ask what the next steps are to enroll.
My college counselor is so busy, how can I get additional help?
Your school college counselor is an important resource for the college application process. If you’d like his/her help, make sure to be proactive. Make a list of questions based on what you’ve read here and make an appointment! The questions will keep you focused so you can use your time wisely. Your counselor is the person that sends your transcript to your colleges and he/she also writes a recommendation for you. It is important for you to have a relationship with him/her. If this is your first time seeing your college counselor, ask questions about specific college application deadlines for your high school and upcoming college events.
If you’d like additional help, search the NYC College Line directory for programs in your neighborhood. Call programs that interest you to make sure you qualify.
I’m the first in my family to go to college. Where can I find resources?
There are many different people who can help guide you. Start with your school’s counselor. Your counselor is the person that sends your transcript to your colleges and he/she also writes a recommendation for you. It is important for you to have a relationship with him/her. Make sure to attend school events about college so you can familiarize yourself with the process.
You can also get additional help from programs in your neighborhood. Some programs offer guidance for students interested in going to college and their families. Others allow you to take classes on college campuses. Some programs help you connect with a mentor who has gone to college and can help guide you. Use our directory to find programs in your neighborhood.
Don’t forget to involve your parents! Getting them informed can create another resource for you. Make sure they attend programming at your school and in community organizations when possible.
I’m in foster care. What do I do?
In addition to getting help from your school college counselor, you should work closely with your case manager. Case managers can connect you to supports such as application fee waivers, special grants like the Education and Training Voucher, and other resources.
If you need additional support, search our directory for programs in your neighborhood.
I’m undocumented. What do I do?
Whatever your situation, you should work closely with your school college counselor. He/she can help you talk through any special steps in your application process.
If you aren’t sure about your immigration status or if there is anything you can do to gain documentation, you should seek free legal help. Try City University of New York (CUNY) Citizenship Now initiative.
Get more information about your application process and peer support at the NYS Youth Leadership Council (http://www.cuny.edu/about/resources/citizenship/about-us/contact.html). They offer peer support groups as well as other services for undocumented students.
Additionally, you should use our NYC College Line directory for programs in your neighborhood that can help. Call programs that you are interested in to make sure that you qualify and to ask what the next steps are to enroll.
I want to be recruited for a sports team. What do I do?
Whatever your situation, you should work closely with your school college counselor. In addition, you should speak with your team coach. He/she can help map out the steps you need to take. He/she can also help connect you to the right people at colleges.
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