College Passport

Lighting the way toward a better future

Young people in New York seeking higher education face a network of roadblocks and historic inequities. College is a key to improving a person’s life and strengthening communities, but the SATs, financial aid forms, and applications can be daunting for youth who may also be working to help support families.  

University Settlement’s College Passport program provides the comprehensive support young people need to make their way to graduation, onto college and beyond. 

We are proud to report that it works! In recent years, more than 90% of our participants move on to the next grade level, and more than 70% of our students who graduate from high school or have completed their GED enroll in college. 

Our College Passport counselors provide one-on-one support to young people enrolled at our 5 partner schools: Broome Street Academy Charter High School, New Design High School, Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts, East Side Community School, and Middle School of Media, Law, and Fine Art.  

At partner schools, College Passport counselors provide one-on-one support to help young people:

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