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MEOC College Connections Project 

The College Connections Project provides comprehensive college access services to New York City residents. 
The CCP aims to inspire, motivate, and empower non-traditional students to seek higher education.
One-to-One College Application Assistance
One-to-One Financial Aid Application Assistance

College advisors provide individual postsecondary advising to participants who have already earned a high school diploma, the GED/TASC or are close to earning it. During individual appointments, participants receive:

  • Assessment and identification of colleges and universities that fit interests and needs.

  • Career pathway exploration.

  • Guidance through the application process; completion of college application as well as obtaining required documentation. 

  • Revision and editing of admissions essays.

  • Advocacy and support through college enrollment; commitment deposits, proof of residency, required testing as well as academic advisement.


College advisors provide individual postsecondary advising to participants who have already earned secondary school credentials or their equivalent or are close to earning them. During individual appointments, participants receive:

  • Explanation of types of financial aid, awards, and eligibility.

  • Assistance with the completion of the Financial Aid applications including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the NYS Tuition Application Program (TAP).

  • Loan Application Assistance

  • Loan history retrieval via the National Student Loan Database.

  • Advocacy for students with loans in defaults.



The CCP offers virtual and in-person workshops throughout the year to assist our participants through the college enrollment process.

Some Topics covered in each presentation is listed below.




  • Benefits of pursuing higher education

  • Differences between public, private and proprietary institutions

  • Variation in admissions requirements

  • Understanding types of  financial aid, awards, and eligibility

  • Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • HESC NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

  • Understanding Federal Student Loans

  • Understanding the verification process


  • Enrollment and Registration                  

  • Benefits of immersing in their college community

  • Tips on purchasing books and supplies                     

  • Officially withdrawing from classes

  • What to expect when transitioning to college

  • Online Courses: Staying Motivated and Disciplined 

  • Financial Literacy: Smart Money Skill for College


  • Student Veterans: How to Succeed in College

  • Success Strategies For First Generation Students

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