SUNY Financial Aid Days 2015: Feb. 28

SUNY is offering  Financial Aid Days to assist prospective students and their families in applying for financial aid and completing the FAFSA

February 28.

These workshops are offered free of charge and are available at 46 locations throughout New York State.  Visit to see a list of participating campuses.

Students and families are encouraged to pre-register by going online at or by calling the SUNY Recruitment Response Center at 1.800.342.3811.

We appreciate your assistance in reminding them about these programs!

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This Friday, 2/20: Info Session For Students in Foster Care

Information Session being held THIS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20th from 4pm – 8pm at Hunter College for any HS/GED students that are in or have been in the foster care system who may be interested in attending any of the 18 CUNY 4 year or 2 year colleges.

Students need to register by clicking here:

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In FAFSA Simplification, Complexity

From Inside Higher Ed:

It seems, all of a sudden, that there’s a rush among policy makers in Washington to chop off questions from the 108-question Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA.

Senator Lamar Alexander, who has been beating the FAFSA simplification drum for several years, has said that the Senate education committee he chairs will take up his bipartisan bill for a two-question aid application this spring.

And last month President Obama put out his own proposal for cutting 30 questions from the form, reviving a 2009 proposal by his administration to eliminate complicated questions relating to families’ business assets and investments, among other things. The agreement on FAFSA simplification reflects a consensus among many that the complex questionnaire scares some families off — and that a simple form would boost enrollments of low-income students.

Read the full story here.

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The rich are 8 times likelier to graduate college than the poor

From CNN Money:

The massive gap in college graduation rates between rich and and poor is growing even wider.

Some 77% of students from wealthy families earned bachelor’s degrees by age 24 in 2013, compared to only 9% of those from poor families, a new report has found.

Read the full story here.

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Fragile Mental Health

From Inside Higher Ed:

The emotional health of incoming freshmen is at its lowest point in at least three decades, a new survey shows, with students reporting that they’re spending more time studying and less time socializing with friends.

Read the full story here.

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Making “mistakes” on the FAFSA

From NYC CollegeLine:

Boys and girls, planning is good. Lying is bad. Once folks have access to the right information, choosing to misrepresent their household, income, or assets puts them on a slippery slope. In my experience, people often get away with these misrepresentations. With financial aid counselors being called upon to be a part detective and part tax vigilante (No judgment—I know it’s their job!), misrepresentations can be hard to keep up. I haven’t heard of anyone being hauled off to prison for lying on a financial aid form but folks do get caught. When they do, they can be banned from receiving any more aid and will most likely be asked to repay the aid they received.

Read the full post here.

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YMCA NYC’s Spring FAFSA Completion Events Starting Soon!

With the support of HESC the YMCA will be hosting 25+ FAFSA completion events throughout the city. All the events are open to the public and many are hosted at our branches. We also are providing metrocards to families so that they can make it to any one of the many locations.

Please visit our website here to the dates and locations:

Also we are hiring, seasonal part time folks to help with these events. If you are looking, to pick up a few extra hours and can staff these events please see the job posting here:


If you are interested in having the YMCA assist with your FAFSA night or attending one of our nights en masse with your students please let me know.

Shakira O’Kane, Esq.  | Citywide Director of College and Career Access

YMCA of Greater New York

5 West 63rd Street 7th Floor New York, NY 10023

PH: 212-630-9720

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