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College Tour Initiative

The opportunity to visit a college campus can significantly influence a high school student’s motivation and enthusiasm for continuing his or her education. The goal of the College Tour Initiative is to increase expectations and interest in postsecondary education opportunities among low-income New York State high school students by providing as many low-income New York State high school students the opportunity to experience college first-hand by eliminating the financial burden and costs associated with college campus visits.

HESC is pleased to offer funding for college tour(s) and college campus visit(s), on a reimbursement basis, to qualified not-for-profit organizations (as defined in the Criteria section in the Overview Document) that organize, coordinate and provide college tours to the target population.

The target CACG population to be served by this funding is defined as students from families who are living below the poverty line, applicable to the individual’s family size (as determined under section 673(2) of the Community Service Block Grant Act). Students must attend high school in New York State.

To be eligible, all college tour expenses must be incurred by August 31, 2014. Qualified organizations must submit a Pre-approval Request and provide documentation confirming the following for each tour: budget for costs to be incurred, including all anticipated costs; evidence of prior work with the target CACG population; itinerary/itineraries for the college visit(s) demonstrating the advancement of CACG goals; statement of the students’ CACG eligibility; and other verification documents as requested or required by HESC. Pre-approval will be provided by HESC and organizations will know in advance which expenses will be eligible for reimbursement when a final request is submitted. Regardless of any pre-approval, final reimbursement will only be made if the Reimbursement Request, actual receipts, and all other requirements are submitted, with all details of the request confirmed and documented with HESC, upon completion of the college tour(s).

If you have any questions, please email cacg@hesc.ny.gov.

College Tour Initiative Overview
Pre-approval Request Form
College Tour Reimbursement Form
College Tour Survey