Who Can Participate?

Who is eligible to participate in the Save for College Program?

All families with kindergarten students enrolled in a NYC public school (including participating charter schools), no matter their income or immigration status.

Because the program was piloted in geographic School District 30 starting in 2017, all K-4th grade families are eligible to participate from the 39 pilot schools in geographic School District 30.

If my child is eligible, what happens next?

Good news! If eligible, your child will be automatically enrolled in the Save for College Program unless you choose not to participate. You do not have to do anything to enroll and receive a free NYC Scholarship Account.

Starting in January you will be able to come back to this website to view and activate your child’s account on the online Savings Tracker, at which point you will see the initial $100 deposit, and be able to take additional steps in the program to earn rewards! If you decide you do not want to participate, you can contact your child’s school for instructions on how to opt-out of the program at any time. The preliminary opt-out period will begin this October. In the meantime you can download and read more introductory materials here.

Where can I find more information about the Save for College Program?

Additional information and resources about the Save for College Program are available on the downloadable resources page.

If your child is already enrolled in the save for college program click here to learn more about the foundational steps.

For further information, please contact NYC Kids RISE.

The NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program is a scholarship and savings program administered by NYC Kids RISE, Inc., a nonprofit, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the City of New York. NYC Kids RISE is neither affiliated with, nor an authorized distributor of, New York’s 529 College Savings Program and does not solicit investments or provide investment advice.

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