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Small steps to big college dreams

Parents/guardians and family members of District 30 kindergartners are key partners in the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. 

We are thrilled that District 30 has been chosen as the first school district to participate in the Save for College Program. We look forward to continuing to build this program with you. In the coming months and years, continue to visit this page for more information about the Save for College Program, financial education and empowerment resources, community events, success stories, and other useful information.

Together, we can take small steps to big college dreams.

The Basics

College is the most direct pathway to success. That is why NYC Kids RISE has started the Save for College Program in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the City of New York. It’s a brand-new college scholarship and savings program starting in your child’s school this fall.

All kindergartners attending a public school in School District 30, including the Queens neighborhoods of Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Hunter’s Point, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside, and Woodside, are eligible to participate–regardless of income level or immigration status.

Each participating child receives an NYC Scholarship Account with a $100 initial contribution from NYC Kids RISE. Parents and guardians do not have to do anything to receive an NYC Scholarship Account, and having a scholarship account will not limit your ability to receive public benefits, such as Section 8 vouchers, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) or rent-regulated housing, SNAP, or Medicaid.

Parents and guardians can also open their own college savings account to start saving for their child’s educational future. Parents, guardians, relatives, and friends can contribute directly to this account and view their savings balance alongside their child’s NYC Scholarship Account.

Families don’t have to do it alone. The whole community, including local organizations and businesses, and get involved in by contributing to the NYC Scholarship Accounts of participating children.

A new scholarship and savings program in School District 30
Getting Started

It’s easy to get started and begin to invest in your child’s future. There are three simple steps to start participating in the Save for College Program:

  • 1

    During fall 2017, each kindergartner attending a District 30 public school in Queens will automatically receive an NYC Scholarship Account with $100 in it unless their family chooses not to participate. Look out for announcements from NYC Kids RISE and your child’s school about events where you can learn more about the Save for College Program. Before the account is created, parents/guardians will be able to opt out of participating. Details and directions will be distributed through your child’s school.

  • 2

    Starting in January, go to the NYC Kids RISE website and sign up to see your child’s NYC Scholarship Account and track its balance over time. When you sign up to view your child’s NYC Scholarship Account, NYC Kids RISE will deposit an additional amount in the account. In the future, NYC Kids RISE will offer other opportunities to add more money to your child’s scholarship account.

  • 3

    Also starting in January, attend a workshop and come back to nyckidsrise.org to learn more about college savings options and how to create a college savings plan that is right for you and your family.

Please see the materials below, under “Download Materials” for more information about the Save for College Program.

NYC Kids RISE looks forward to working together with you, your family, and the District 30 community to start saving for your child’s future.

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