GEAR UP is a national initiative to create innovative programs that assist low-income students in preparing to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.
Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a partnership between the State of New York and its independent colleges that provides scholarships to economically and educationally disadvantaged residents. It is mainly awarded to underrepresented minority students, such as African Americans and Hispanics. Call (518) 474-3719 to get started.
Latino U College Access (LUCA) serves high school juniors are nominated by their school guidance counselor if they are First-Gen Latino, and high achieving students from a low-income background. Program is active in these school districts: White Plains, Tarrytown, Ossining, and Elmsford. See also their Spanish-language seminars on Spanish language presentations on applying and paying for college.
SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) may be able to help if you think your grades won’t get you an acceptance..just yet!
uASPIRE offers direct assistance and workshops (all online) as well as video guidance on FAFSA process (see financial aid section below).
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and those who would be the first in their family to attend college. Support addresses high school completion and pre college planning.
WLS College Coach offers free assistance whether you are at the beginning, middle, or end of this process.
Yonkers Partner in Education (YPIE) provides college support within the Yonkers School District.