Post-Secondary Planning

Guidance personnel ensure that students and families are aware of the range of programs available, and have the opportunity to explore career options and plan for and make informed choices regarding their post-secondary pathways.

Upcoming Opportunities

High School Students- Regularly visit the Free Events section of The Princeton Review .

College Advisors & Guidance Counselors (Middle & High School). Regularly review opportunities at the College Board website

Students, Families, & Schools -CollegeWeekLive-Check here for listing of virtual events. For additional information or to schedule a "private tour" session contact Joanna Grubman- - (617) 938-6013.

View complete list of upcoming opportunities at our Guidance Portal main page

Career Planning- Sampling of Resources

ASVAB Career Exploration Program- providing a wide range of career exploration tools free to participating schools. For additional information, schools may contact Nicole Stenken, at , 718-765-7341.
ASVAB Career Exploration Program.


Multiple resources including career videos, online interest inventory and much more!

CareerZone - Online career exploration and planning system designed especially for youth in New York State. CareerZone, accessed at , includes current occupational and labor market information displayed in an interactive and interesting way, making career exploration and planning fun! For inquiries, email - To learn more about CareerZone review: 

Career Development Standards:

ASCA National Standards for Students (Academic, Personal-Social and Career)

CDOS - New York State Education Department

National Career Development Guidelines

Compiled list of K-2 resources- Indiana Pathways to College Networks

Compiled list of K-12 

Exams for Jobs- Published annually by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), this booklet explains how to apply for civil service exams held by the City of New York, and includes the official exam schedule, starting salaries, job descriptions, and required education and work experience for each job title.

Mentoring in Medicine - Providing opportunities to increase the participation of students of color in the wide range of careers in the medical field.  

Occupational Outlook Handbook - A nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.

College Planning- Sampling of Resources 

ACT  Learn about the ACT Test and additional helpful college planning resources.

Alumni for Public Schools 

Encourage your high school graduates to join and stay in touch with NYC Public Schools!

 Online resource guide for school counselors to support students' early awareness of and preparation for college.

College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY)
Network of Schools, CBOs and Colleges providing multiple college admission planning resources.  


 Select Resources: 

STUDENTS: Can you answer the SAT question of the Day?

College Admissions 411  Spanish-language television series that provides U.S. Latinos with a step-by-step guide for applying to college (available in Spanish and English). Providing relevant information about colleges and higher education opportunities worldwide.

College Planning Handbook (2012) - A NYC Deparment of Education resource developed by the Office of Postsecondary Readiness (OPSR)

Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (clcu)

Multiple resources include counselor newsletters, Your College Search (publication order form available for requesting free copies), and Affording College & its Spanish version: Como pagar la Universidad


  • The New Community College at CUNY. View information here.
  • Student Handbook to prepare for the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW). Results of the standardized writing test determine placement of first-year CUNY students into English composition, ESL, or developmental courses. The handbook includes: scoring rubric, sample test and responses (with scores and comments for each score level), guided practice exercises, and student strategies on comprehending directions and writing a successful response.
    CUNY Codes - list of codes for CUNY schools to assist students when filing FAFSA and TAP applications.
  • CUNY Counselor Corner - comprehensive site just for counselors and college advisors
  • CUNY Counselor Newsletter  - Providing important updates for high school counselors and college advisors!
  • CUNY Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) helps students earn an associate degree within three years.View additional information here.
  • CUNY Application
  • CUNY Undergraduate Admissions Deadlines
  • CUNY Information for Undocumented Students 
  • CUNY Enrollment Summer Checklist for High School Seniors-a resource provided by CUNY AT Home in College Program to help seniors monitor final stages of the college application process
  • CUNY Placement Exam Overview - a resource provided by CUNY At Home in College Program outlining key information regarding CUNY placement exams
  • Updates! CUNY ROTC- The City University of New York is expanding Army Senior ROTC opportunities and Military Science class offerings to students in CUNY's system. CUNY students will have no obligation to enroll and cadets may become eligible for an allowance of up to $500. View additional information or contact Colonel Juan Howie at 718-262-3774, or visit 
  • CUNY Start - a low-cost, intensive full-time program providing an alternative to typical remedial classes offered to CUNY students needing preparation in reading, writing and math before entering credit classes. See program overview flyer and learn more by visiting the CUNY website here.

    HESC's special FAFSA Assistance Hotline- Inform students and parents if they have questions about the FAFSA: Call the FAFSA Hotline, 1-800-808-1790 Wednesdays from 12 noon - 6:00 pm and email

    HESC promotes GoCollegeNY - A website helping students to explore career options and develop a postsecondary plan

    Increasing College Access - A postsecondary planning publication (2009) by Carol Miller Lieber, featuring research-based models for secondary school comprehensive college and career access programs and suggested curriculum outline.Visit the ESR Educators for Social Responsibility webpage for free downloading instructions. 

    Learning LeadersCollege Planning Guide

    Know Before You Enroll - A NYC Mayor's Office of Adult Education resource providing information to help New Yorkers make informed decisions when selecting a school or training program.

    Know How To Go - Student-friendly site with practical advice organized by grade, starting in middle school. Students- check out the Middle School Student College Quiz! Educators- check out the KnowHow2Go Mentor Workbook.

    Mapping Your Future - Advice on careers, colleges, financial aid, and more provided by HESC.

    Mytonomy - FREE video Q&A service providing College and Career Advice

    National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) - College & career development opportunities, research, and resources for students and counselors. 
        Statement of Principles of Good Practices 
        Student and Parent Resources    

    National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth - Providing information to assist youth in navigating the transition to the workforce

    National High School Center at the American Institutes for Research - Providing tools and resources for high schools 

    New York Urban League
    - providing information about employment, education, health care, housing, and the civic arena. Recommended resource: A Parent's Guide to College. Information on how to use the parent guide was presented during Fall 2012 Parent Academies: October 15 (Bronx), October 17 (Staten Island), October 19 (Queens), October 24 (Brooklyn), and November 2 (Manhattan).

    NextStepU- a website with multiple resources for students, families and counselors. Designed to help students plan for life after high school, their magazine includes articles on career choice, transition tips for life after high school, and choosing a major. Guidance counselors can obtain 10 free copies of the magazine (and additional copies for a fee).  Counselors may access the order form here and, after registering online, may access the digital version of the magazine.  

    PostsecondaryConnection - created and maintained by Achieve, with support from the Lumina Foundation for Educators, this website provides resources for educational stakeholders engaged in making the link between high school preparation and college success.

    Occupational Outlook Handbook - A nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives.


    College Board Resources - Counseling Student Athletes

    PSAL - Public Schools Athletic League Student Athlete Eligibility rules and Regulations
    National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility Center - general information for counselors, students, and families about NCAA eligibility guidelines
    New! NCAA Presentation Document -Nov 5, 2013 "Supporting Student Athletes in NYC Public Schools" professional development event held at Yankee Stadium.
    NCAA Interactive Presentation for Students and Parents.
    NCAA Presentation document:  Your Path to the Student-Athlete Experience for HS Counselors
    NCAA Eligibility Center High School Portal
    New NCAA Division I Initial - Eligibility Standards - NCAA official document providing an overview of recent changes and powerpoint presentation.

    Free Webinar provided by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) to educate student athletes, parents, coaches, counselors, and administrators on the recruitment process for student athletes. Topics include: Scholarship Myths & Facts, the NCAA & NAIA Eligibility Centers, NCAA Core Course Requirements, and much more!
    Webinar registration options: Student-Athlete/Parent or High School Staff.  

    National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Eligibility Center 

    Students in Temporary Housing & Unaccompanied Youth: 

              NAEHCY - Unaccompanied Youth Toolkits  
              NYSTeachs- Accessing College for Students in Temporary Housing - access free online practice tests-SAT, ACT and more!

    Tools to Help Students Prepare for College - a resource guide for guidance counselors and college advisors that promotes the implementation of a comprehensive college-readiness program in every New York City public high school.


    U.S. Service Academies are among the top ranked universities in the country. Graduates earn a top-tier education, extensive leadership training, and a commission as an officer in the US armed forces.  Additional information on the academies and the application and nomination processes can be found here.

    YouCanToo - A NYC Mayor's Office of Adult Education resource providing a network tool for adult learners interested in reaching their educational and career goals.

    General College Application Information

    Common Application

    CUNY Application

    SUNY Application

    Financial Aid and Scholarship Resources

    September-Application period for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarship Program. Eligible high school seniors are encourged check here for opening of partner scholarship applications.

    April Application Deadline. Each year, the Charles Robertson Scholarship Award recognizes ONE MALE GRADUATING STUDENT and ONE FEMALE GRADUATING STUDENT from a BROOKLYN public high school. Schools are encouraged to submit applications for up to two eligible candidates. Contact Margarita Suero-Duran at  

    The College Connections Project at the Manhattan Educational Opportunity Center provides college application fee waivers to low-income adults age 19 and over.  The application fee waivers can be used to pay the application fees to CUNY ($65/$70) and to SUNY Empire State College ($50).  Information is available here or by calling 212-961-5853. 

    Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. Scholarships - to identify your Member of Congress, click here. Read this flyer for guidelines and see this application. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute also has scholarship programs available.

    FAFSA Information for School Counselors - An online source of federal student aid information to help students and families plan and prepare for college and careers. Key guide: Completing the FAFSA 2012-2013 

    FinAid - listing of scholarship search databases.

    HESC (New York State Higher Education Services Corporation) - Providing comprehensive information on financial aid processes and other college & career planning resources. High School Counselors & College Advisors check out newsletter items and how to join the HESC Counselor Connection here!

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund - various scholarship opportunities for eligible students

    Kaarme - scholarship search tool

    National Civil War Student Challenge, an online quiz competition offering high school students the opportunity to win up to $15,000 in college scholarship. For additional information, visit 

    NCAA Eligibility Center - information for counselors, students, and families about how to prepare to meet NCAA eligibility guidelines
    NCAA Eligibility Center High School Portal
    New NCAA Division I Initial - Eligibility Standards - NCAA official document providing an overview of recent changes and powerpoint presentation.

    Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Youth: A Key to Higher Education Access and Success - a manual to assist guidance counselors and anyone who helps youth from foster care and unaccompanied homeless youth to secure the maximum allowable financial aid for postsecondary education or training programs, includes how to respond to new FAFSA questions that will determine federal financial aid status for these students, and a section on sensitive communication
    Scholarships A-Z - Alphabetical listing of scholarships
, a website dedicated to Student Financial Aid Awareness Month, provides questions and answers about FAFSA completion, tips and tools, engaging videos

    Syracuse University School of Architecture Full Scholarships for African-American Students -10 full scholarships for African-American men and women interested in studying architecture. Contact Mark Robbins, Dean, School of Architecture at 315-443-2256.

    The American Association of Blacks in Energy

    New York Metropolitan Area Chapter (AABE-NYMAC) provides scholarships and mentors to minority youth pursuing careers in the areas of math, science and technology

    The New York Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Scholarship 

    US Department of Education Financial Aid Information- audio and video links for students and families, and for school counselors and mentors

    Summer Employment Opportunities for Students  

    FEMA Student Temporary Employment Opportunity – offers valuable summer work experience for students in the NY-area Federal Emergency Management Agency

    YMCA Teen Career Connection

    Disclaimer: The NYC Department of Education does not endorse and is not responsible for the policies and practices of external partners.  All work with external partners should be conducted in accordance with the Chancellor's Regulations.