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Help Filling Out the FAFSA: Updated Guide for Students and Adults

Filling out the FAFSA form is the first step for most students seeking financial support to go to college. But the form can be complicated and intimidating. The Center's popular "FAFSA: How-To Guide" is easy to read and answers common questions of students and families. And new this year: How to compare financial aid packages.   READ MORE » DOWNLOAD REPORT » WATCH VIDEO »

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Building Blocks for Better Schools

NOVEMBER 21, 2013

New York City's Education Funders Research Initiative asked the Center for New York City Affairs to identify key priorities for education reform under Mayor-elect Bill DeBlasio. Our paper analyzes the successes and failures of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education initiatives--and proposes six key areas on which the next administration should focus attention and resources. A top priority: Make sure young children can read. READ MORE » DOWNLOAD REPORT »

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Creating College Ready Communities

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

More kids than ever are going to college, but few are getting degrees. How can New York prepare more students to succeed? Researchers at the Center for New York City Affairs spent four years in 14 schools exploring this question, learning why some students finish high school, go to college and succeed—and so many others fail. READ MORE » DOWNLOAD REPORT »

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Introducing Insidestats: Our new tool to evaluate high schools

MARCH 12, 2013

Students and parents in the nation's largest public school system just got a crucial, free new tool: Insidestats. A project of at the Center for New York City Affairs, Insidestats is a new online scorecard that provides in-depth data on 422 New York City high schools. Clara Hemphill, editor-in-chief of, launched Insidestats on Tuesday, March 12, with a live demonstration. READ MORE »

Creating College Ready Communities: Preparing NYC's Precarious New Generation of College Students


Creating College Ready Communities: Preparing NYC's Precarious New Generation of College Students

jUNE 21, 2012

The good news is, New York City has seen dramatic increases in students graduating high school and applying to college. The bad news is, most will never get a college degree. This growing generation of college students is frequently stymied by poor academic preparation, financial aid issues or complicated personal lives. The Center for New York City Affairs released an analysis of NYC's school and community-based college readiness efforts. What must happen if we want more students to succeed? READ MORE »

New York City's College Ready Communities Initiative: An Evaluation »

New York City's College Ready Communities Initiative: An EvaluationThe Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation launched this initiative in 2009 to link community development corporations and advocacy groups with 14 public schools to help students prepare for higher education. Our evaluation of four unique collaboratives found large improvements in college access, college knowledge and college-going culture in many of the schools. DOWNLOAD THE PDF »