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School Secretaries

School Secretaries will play an important role in supporting eligible kindergartners to enroll in the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program.

To be enrolled in the Save for College Program, students must attend a participating kindergarten long enough to complete an “opt-out process” wave, which begins with receipt of the Opt-out Notice and concludes with the transfer of their student data from the Department of Education to NYC Kids RISE. Every student meeting these criteria will be automatically enrolled in the program, unless their family chooses not to participate.

The Save for College Program’s opt-out process allows NYC Kids RISE to automatically create NYC Scholarship Accounts for all students who enter kindergarten unless a parent/guardian
requests that the Department of Education not share their child’s data.

In October 2017, NYC Kids RISE will train designated Secretaries at participating schools on how the opt-out process works and their role in the process.

NYC Kids RISE
Save for College Program

A new scholarship + savings program in District 30,
designed to make college more accessible and achievable
for all NYC public school students

The basics

College is the most direct pathway to success. This is why the non-profit NYC Kids RISE, in collaboration with the City of New York and the NYC Department of Education, has started the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program, a scholarship and savings program designed to make college more accessible and achievable for the children in your community. The Save for College Program provides families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to save for their children’s futures.

College savings programs show real promise in getting more students to attend and complete higher education. District 30 schools will play a key role in the design and support of the Save for College Program, helping shape the future of this exciting project.

Drawing on the experience of other programs, we know that families are more likely to engage with the Save for College Program and begin thinking about and saving for college when school staff convey the importance of the program and its goals.

NYC Kids RISE hopes that the Save for College Program will be an additional tool that school administrators, teachers, and parents can use to support the Chancellor’s vision of Equity and Excellence while reinforcing student aspirations for college.

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