College Learning Opportunities

In the spirit of cooperation, six of the nation’s top liberal arts collegesAmherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are joining forces to offer you an opportunity to connect with our deans of admission as they reflect on this year’s application season and help you prepare for the season ahead. 

Student Events — Help us spread the word.

We’re hosting events for students and their families to help answer questions about the college search process. Students can register here.

Junior Jumpstart – March 14 at 8 pm EDT
Home Away from Home: A Conversation for International Students – March 28 at 8:30 am EDT
Fly-in Programs and Other Ways to Get to Know Us – April 19 at 8 pm EDT

Reminder: College Info Session

The final session of our fall virtual college night series is tonight, Tuesday, November 15th, at 6:30 pm. All PPAS families, regardless of grade level, are invited to attend. 

Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm

Tonight’s topic is Navigating Support Programs for:

  • First Generation students 
  • Low Income Students
  • Students with academic challenges, including those with IEPs

Check your email for Zoom info.

College Info Sessions

From our College office:

 After a great kick-off in early October with guest speaker Ed Zamora speaking on the financial aid process,  the PPAS College Office is continuing our fall series with two additional college nights in November, both on zoom at 6:30 pm, as follows:

– Tuesday, November 1st, 6:30 pm – Overview of the college application process and an accessible review of FAFSA basics

– Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 pm – Navigating Support Programs for:

  •  First Generation students 
  • Low Income Students
  • Students with academic challenges, including those with IEPs

Please keep in mind that ALL families in the PPAS community, regardless of grade level,  are invited to the fall and the spring College Night Series.  When planning your time, however,  please be aware that the fall series is specific to the12th grade year, with a great deal of detail that is meaningful when in the midst of the application process.  

The spring series, though focused on the 11th grade year, is likely a better time to gain a more general introduction to the college process if your child is in a lower grade.  However, again, regardless of grade level, you are most welcome at any of the college nights, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Lastly, parents of Seniors should note that this week is SUNY FREE APPLICATION WEEK(S). Students, regardless of financial standing, can apply to up to 5 SUNY Schools for free. Please see the link for more info.

Financial Aid Application Support

From the College office:

For families, parents, and guardians of Seniors, please see the link from the NY HESC, the branch of the NY Government that runs our state University system. They are offering a series of webinars related to Financial Aid. Use the link to find your way to information about the webinars, dates of the webinars, and registration instructions:

Additionally, please look out for further messaging about our own PPAS-hosted College Night, which we plan to host on Zoom in the next few weeks.

Financial Aid Night

Next Wednesday, September 28th, at 8:30 PM, we are delighted to welcome to PPAS Ed Zamora, the Director of Principia Prep, an organization created to educate parents and students about the college financial aid and admissions process.  Ed’s “College Aid Presentation” will cover the college financial aid process and various important items to consider while applying to college at a time still influenced by the pandemic, including the below: 

-New Changes to the Fafsa form

-Changes to the Federal loans

-Loan Forgiveness

-The New York Excelsior Scholarship Program 

-State Financial Aid Changes

-The Impact of Early Decision and Early Action on Financial Aid

-New Deadlines for the College Process 

***Please feel free to send questions to before the program begins on Wednesday. He will be happy to address any questions you have at that time. *** 

In order to attend this zoom webinar, you MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE BY CLICKING ON THE BELOW LINK:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

ONE FINAL NOTE:  In order to get the most out of Ed’s presentation, we encourage you to review the Financial Aid presentation the PPAS College Office made to many of the families this past spring. In particular, we would like to call your attention to slides 3-8, which will give those who need it a basic groundwork in the FAFSA process; what it is, deadlines, etc.

We look forward to seeing you next week in this first of several PPAS College Nights we will be offering to you this fall.  Hope to see you there!

The PPAS College Office 

Spring College Night Series

Join us for the College Team’s Spring College Night Series! 

  • College Night – Tuesday, March 29 – 6:30 pm
  • Financial Aid Night/Scholarships – Wednesday, April 6 – 6:30 pm
  • Navigating Support Programs/Scholarships For Low Income & First Generation Students – Wednesday, April 13 – 6:30 pm
  • IEP Support in the College Process – Wednesday, May 4 – 6:30 pm 

For Zoom information, please contact the College Office at

These college nights are geared towards 11th grade parents and students, but everyone is welcome to join.

College Office Events

The College Office wants to remind you of some important upcoming dates of events we are hosting. 

College Financing (geared towards 11th grade families, others are welcome)
Tuesday May, 4th 6:30pm 

Navigating College Opportunity Programs for First Generation and Low Income Students (geared towards 11th grade families)
Tuesday May, 11th 6:30pm

Introduction to the College Process (what to expect: for 9th and 10th grade families)
Wednesday May, 19th 6:30 pm 

Virtual College Fair (all are welcome) 
Tuesday June 8th, 6:00pm

Watch your email for Zoom links!

Expanded Horizons College Success

From Ms. Nieves:

I want to share with you some awesome information about a summer success program. Here is the information below.

The Expanded Horizons College Success program is recruiting current 9th and 10th graders!

Our final information session of the school year for interested students is Friday, March 19th at 4:30pm. Interested students must register for the info session HERE.

Please reach out to with any Expanded Horizons-related questions!

About Expanded Horizons:
The Expanded Horizons College Success program at Henry Street Settlement is a comprehensive eight-year program designed to ensure that high school students are a) college-ready and admitted to a college that fits their interests and abilities, and b) successfully graduating from that post secondary institution on time.

Expanded Horizons is currently recruiting students who are:
– 9th and 10th graders
– Living and/or attending school on the Lower East Side (with few exceptions)
– Interested in receiving assistance in choosing best fit colleges through individualized counseling
– Interested in youth leadership, social justice, and participating in additional program events and opportunities
– Able to commit to attending after school programming at least 1-2 days a week

Let me know if you need any help with the application. 
Ms. Nieves