City Councilman Ben Kallos is pushing legislation that would waive application fees for city public school students hoping to enroll at CUNY colleges.
Roughly 75,000 Department of Education kids apply to the public schools each year and pay $65 to do so.
“It’s unacceptable that right now, a 17-year-old can be told by a high school guidance counselor their rent-burdened single mother isn’t poor enough to get a break on hundreds of dollars of fees to apply to colleges and compete for scholarships,” said Kallos, who co-sponsored the bill introduced last week.
Overall, the initiative would cost the city roughly $4.8 million.
Around 75,000 New York City public schools students apply to CUNY colleges every year.
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“This legislation is about bringing more access and equity to the families that struggle,” he said. “A $65 fee should not be what prevents a talented kid from getting into a CUNY.”
The largest urban university system in the country, CUNY currently runs 11 senior campuses along with seven community colleges across the boroughs.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is co-sponsoring Councilman Ben Kallos’ effort.
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The schools currently enroll roughly 275,000 students.
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer is co-sponsoring the legislation.
Mayoral candidate and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams also supports the effort.
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“College application fees can be a financial burden for our public school students,” she said. “This legislation will make applying to CUNY more accessible for high schoolers and will help make their dreams of a college education possible.”
Mayoral candidate and current Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is also backing the push.