Taking the Fear Out of Financial Aid: Making Higher Education Easier to Achieve for NYC Students

This event, presented by the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School, home of Insideschools.org, is still happening tomorrow (Thursday) morning! Flooding at the university has not affected our event space.

Securing college financial aid can be intimidating for NYC students. Aid is crucial for low-income and first generation college students—but they need help, particularly navigating the government's Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), finding grants and loans and working with college aid offices. Experts say the system is needlessly complicated and should be reformed. Join the Center for New York City Affairs for the release of its latest "FAFSA: How-To Guide for High School Students" and a discussion about what needs to happen nationally and locally to ensure that the next generation of college students can afford to matriculate.

Introductory remarks by:

Judith Scott-Clayton, Assistant Professor of Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

Prof. Scott-Clayton will then join a conversation with:

Robert Gevertzman, Associate Director of Financial Aid, Kingsborough Community College, CUNY

Sandy Jimenez, Guidance Trainer and College Access Counselor, Goddard Riverside's Options Institute

Julieta Schiffino, Associate Director of Financial Aid Services, SUNY

Adam Stevens, College Advisor for Scholarships and Financial Aid, Brooklyn Technical High School

Moderated by:

Kim Nauer, Education Research Director, Center for New York City Affairs and author, FAFSA: The How-To Guide for High School Students (and the adults who help them)

@Insideschools will be tweeting the event. Follow us to follow the conversation. Or watch it live, here: http://new.livestream.com/TheNewSchool/Making-Higher-Ed-Easier-to-Achieve-4-NYC-Students.