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Yes, the CCP provides college access services to all NYC adults. However, 67% of the participants we served must be the first person in their family to pursue a college degree and show proof of being low-income.
I am not a first generation, low-income applicant, can I still receive services?
The TRiO Educational Opportunity Centers program provides counseling and information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue undergraduate postsecondary studies. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options and to assist in the application process. The goal of the EOC program is to increase the number of adult participants who enroll in postsecondary education institutions.
An appointment can last 30 minutes to approximately 2 hours depending on the services requested. Generally, participants are told to allocate a minimum of 90 minutes to complete both the college and financial aid applications. However, participants interested in receiving assistance applying for college or completing the financial aid application may be given a 1 hour time estimate.
How long does an appointment last?
Can a high school students utilize the services of the College Connections Project?
Yes, however, you must be in the 12th grade and not have access to a TRiO Talent Search or Upward Bound program in their community.
Though we welcome everyone who stops by the office, participants interested in receiving services through the College Connections Project must schedule an appointment to meet with a college advisor.
Do I need to schedule an appointment before stopping by the office?
No, the College Connections Project TRiO EOC is funded to serve adults ages 19 and older who reside in New York City.
I live outside of NYC. Can I still receive services through the College Connections Project?
Yes, a College Connections Project advisor can assist you in returning to college, even if you have an outstanding balance with a college institution.
I have an outstanding balance with a college, can I still go back to college?
No, individuals who hold a US bachelor's degree are not eligible for any CCP services. They can contact a TRiO McNair program in their state, which provides college advising to individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree.
I hold a Bachelor's degree, can I still receive CCP services?
Why should I use the College Connections Project?
What is the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center Program?
The College Connections Project (CCP) is a free college advising program that aims to help all NYC adults to achieve their educational and career goals. With more than 15 years of collective experience, our staff provides one-on-one support that guides each participant through the financial aid and college enrollment processes.