In a weekly series, Ed Trust–NY will highlight New York FAFSA Challenge Winners for the 2021-2022 school year and the promising strategies they used to support more students to complete the FAFSA.
At the beginning of the school year, the cohort administration team at New Visions Charter School for the Humanities partnered with teaching staff to conduct classroom push-ins for college and financial aid applications. A school counselor and postsecondary director went into English content classes for all 12th grade students and helped them apply for CUNY, SUNY, and FAFSA. Students with individual concerns were encouraged to meet with a counselor one-on-one. The school also conducted a FAFSA Night for parents who needed additional information and assistance. Princesa, who will receive the FAFSA Challenge scholarship, was accepted to a private university in Queens and is looking forward to enjoying the full college campus experience. Princesa has been relentless in ensuring her spot and looks forward to studying marketing.