Charter School Resource Hub

This page contains resources and information about the Save for College Program that is specific to charter schools. It is only intended for participating charter school partners, and is meant to supplement the information on the School Partners page.

Rolling Opt-out

(For Students who Enroll on or after November 1st, 2023)

Parents/guardians have the opportunity to opt out of receiving an NYC Scholarship Account. Kindergarten and any new first or second grade students who enrolled in a participating school between April 1 and November 1, 2023 will be automatically enrolled in the Save for College Program unless their parents/guardians choose to “opt out.” The Initial Opt-out Period for these families took place between November 1 and November 30, 2023.

Kindergarten, first, and second grade students who enroll in a participating school on or after November 1st, 2023 will still have the opportunity to participate in, or opt out of, the Program, but they are not part of the “Initial” Opt-out Period. Starting November 2nd, 2023, personalized Opt-out Notice and Forms will automatically print at your school, via ATS printers, as new students become eligible for the Program during the 2023–24 school year. Please ensure families of new students receive these letters ASAP; schools should also share the following materials with all newly eligible families to ensure understanding: Program Basics and Frequently Asked Questions and the Save for College Program introductory video.

If a family opts out, they will not receive an NYC Scholarship Account, they will not receive the initial $100 allocation, and their student’s data will not be shared with NYC Kids RISE and the technology vendor VistaShare. Parents/guardians who want to participate in the Program simply take NO ACTION during the Initial Opt-out Period.

The NYC Public Schools ATS Wiki contains detailed instructions on printing personalized opt out letters and guidance for logging opt-out requests.

Participation Status Change
(Cancellation and Re-enrollment)

After a student’s Opt-out Period ends, parents and guardians can choose to cancel their student’s participation in the Save for College Program at any time. Also, if a parent or guardians initially opted out, or at some point canceled their student’s participation in the Program, they can request to enroll (or re-enroll) an eligible student in the Program at any time before the end of their fifth-grade year.

Parents and guardians can update their child’s participation status (Cancel or Enroll/Re-enroll) by filling out a Participation Status Change Form and turning it into their school for data entry and storage in the student’s cumulative folder. The Participation Status Change Form can be found below in the 10 NYC Public Schools languages.


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