The Three Building Blocks

There are three simple steps to start participating in the Save for College Program. We call these the 3 Building Blocks because they are the foundation of our partnership to save together for your child’s educational future.

Click on the icons below to learn more about each Building Block:

Building Block #1: Register online to view your child’s NYC Scholarship Account

NYC Kids RISE has created an NYC Scholarship Account for your child and deposited the first $100 into it. Take the next step by registering online to view your child’s account on the  Savings Tracker and completing a short survey.

Ready? Click “Get Started” below. For step-by-step instructions, click “More Information”.

Building Block #2: Open your own college savings account and connect it to your child’s scholarship account

NYC Kids RISE manages your child’s scholarship account, and only NYC Kids RISE can put money into that account. To start saving your own money for your child’s future and earn more rewards, you will need to open your own college savings account.

Ready to open an account? Click the button below for more information about your account options and how to open one.

Building Block #3: Make the first deposit into your connected college savings account

Once you have opened your own college savings account and connected it to your child’s NYC Scholarship Account, you’re ready to start saving. The amount of money that makes sense to save for college is different for every family. The good news is that no amount is too large or too small when you start saving early! Deposit at least $5 to complete Building Block 3.

Ready to start saving? Click below for more information.


Reward Deadlines


When it comes to Saving for College, starting early is key. Families can earn the full $75 in rewards for completing the 3 Building Blocks if they finish them by the deadlines below:
If your child entered a participating school in…
September 9, 2017 — November 27, 2017
November 28, 2017 — April 30, 2018
May 1, 2018 — October 15, 2018
October 16, 2018 — Present
Your family’s deadline to earn the full $75 in rewards is…
September 6, 2018
December 31, 2018
June 26, 2019
December 31, 2019

After the deadline, your rewards for the 3 Building Blocks will go down to $60 ($20 each).

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