Office of Postsecondary Readiness

The Office of Postsecondary Readiness researches and develops school and program models that help students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.


Student Financial Aid Awareness Month 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared January 26—February 27 Student Financial Aid Awareness Month in New York State. Familiarize yourself with the FAFSA application, financial aid process, and all of the options available to help students make college more affordable through our new Financial Aid webpage, available at Research studies show that completing a financial aid application is extremely important for students to attend college. Whether you are a student attending college this fall or a middle school parent getting an early start, there is information and resources for everyone.


Are you supporting students planning for college?

  • Join us for College Application Week every November. This statewide effort raises awareness about the importance of college planning and supports schools helping low-income and first-generation college-bound students apply.  For more information about this initiative, visit this website. Educators and counselors, to bring College Application Week events to your school, stay tuned for registration information as the week approaches. 

           Check out some of New York City’s College Application Week activities last year:

  • Over 100 CUNY-led workshops on financial aid and admissions in NYC high schools
  • Training for 150 college access counselors, including on the use of user-friendly, student-facing “apps” that streamline the college application process 
  • A Citywide virtual college fair
  • Application assistance at high schools from volunteers from local community-based organizations, CUNY and the College Board

 Are you a student planning for college?

  • Check out the College Planning Handbook
  • Visit NYC College Line for the latest resources and programs related to college.
  • Learn about starting the process, preparing for, getting in, paying for, staying in, and graduating college (updated regularly with live webinars and student scholarship contests).

Are you a family member helping a student?

Are you a student (ages 15-21) still need a high school diploma before moving on to college/career?

More Postsecondary Readiness Resources

College and career readiness benchmarks for student development.

School Time Lab is a two-year research effort examining how schools use the fundamental resource of time to provide opportunities for all students to enroll in the higher-level coursework and developmental experiences necessary for college and career. This report includes an overview chapter describing key themes, trade-offs and strategies; and provides individual case studies on ten model schools. A Reader’s Guide is included at the end to help navigate the report and apply lessons learned.

The Transfer School Common Core Institute's How to Help Struggling High School Students Reach Common Core Standards: New York City's Comprehensive Approach is a report authored by Jobs for the Future, documenting the pilot phase of a promising professional development initiative designed to build the capacity of school leaders and teachers to prepare the city’s most vulnerable high school students to master the Common Core State Standards. These over-age and under-credited students attend transfer schools.

Career and technical education programs give students opportunities to master academic, technical, and workforce skills in specific industries. CTE includes work-based learning and internships.

New York City Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (NYC P-TECHs) offer six-year programs in which students can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree while gaining job-related experiences and skills.

The Expanded Success Initiative is a research and design project in 40 schools as well as a new high school model development effort designed to improve college readiness and career outcomes for Black and Latino young men.

Digital Learning Programs

Connected Foundations is a blended learning, digital literacy and postsecondary planning program in 69 public high schools.

Digital Ready  is a school-redesign program that supports personalized learning and other student-centered practices in 20 public middle and high schools.

Software Engineering Pilot (SEP):a computer science curriculum-development and teacher-training program in 18 public middle and high schools.

    Do you have questions about resources offered by the Office of Postsecondary Readiness? Email us.