College Application Week, which ran from October 22 to 26, is a statewide initiative to support students with planning for and applying to college.
“As a first-generation college student, I came from a family that understood the importance of going to college, but didn’t know about the college application and financial aid process,” said Carranza. “We are giving students the knowledge and resources they need to get to college and succeed there.
When College Application Week began in 2013, only ten schools participated. This year, a record-high 467 high schools took part, including 141 schools in Brooklyn and 83 in Queens.
Activities for students included college application sessions and workshops to help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Through a new partnership with CUNY, seniors at 51 schools received on-site support from admissions staff.
The event is part of the College Access for All program, which has expanded to every middle and high school in the city. Students get help preparing for the SAT, applying to college, and exploring and selecting career paths.
The initiative eliminated the CUNY application fee for low-income students, and made the SAT exam free and available during the school day for all high school juniors.
The latter initiative increased the number of juniors who took the SAT by 51 percent.
And starting this school year, approximately 70,000 seventh-grade students will visit a college campus during the school year.
"The college application process can be overwhelming for both students and parents alike,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “But the variety of resources offered during College Application Week can help provide much-needed guidance and support for students and their families.”