NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program

We have partnered with the nonprofit NYC Kids RISE on the NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. This free program gives qualifying students an NYC Scholarship Account with money for qualified college and career training costs. NYC Kids RISE will open an account in the name of each student and deposit $100 in each account. In addition to this initial deposit, NYC Kids RISE engages communities in raising funds each year for the scholarship accounts. Since the program began in 2017, NYC Kids RISE, community partners, local businesses, neighbors, and others have fundraised and deposited over $2.4 million dollars for the future college and career training costs of participating students. Visit to learn more about the Save for College Program.

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Who is qualified for this program?

Students who:

  • Began kindergarten after 2017, and
  • Were enrolled in a participating school for about 60 days

Participating schools

Participating Community School District 30 Schools

  • P.S. 002 Alfred Zimberg
  • P.S. 011 Kathryn Phelan
  • P.S. 017 Henry David Thoreau
  • P.S. 069 Jackson Heights
  • P.S. 070
  • P.S. 076 William Hallet
  • P.S./I.S. 78Q
  • P.S. 084 Steinway
  • P.S. 085 Judge Charles Vallone
  • P.S. 092 Harry T. Stewart Sr.
  • P.S. 111 Jacob Blackwell
  • P.S. 112 Dutch Kills
  • P.S. 122 Mamie Fay
  • P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School
  • P.S. 148 Queens
  • P.S. 149 Christa Mcauliffe
  • P.S. 150 Queens
  • P.S. 151 Mary D. Carter
  • P.S. 152 Gwendoline N. Alleyne School
  • P.S. 166 Henry Gradstein
  • P.S. 171 Peter G. Van Alst
  • P.S. 212
  • P.S. Q222 - Fire Fighter Christopher A. Santora School
  • P.S. 228 Early Childhood Magnet School of the Arts
  • P.S. 234
  • P.S. 280
  • The 30th Avenue School (G&T Citywide)
  • East Elmhurst Community School
  • The Woodside Community School
  • P.S. 384
  • P.S. 398 The Héctor Figueroa School

Participating District 75 Schools

  • The Riverview School (P277 @ Q76 and P277 @ Q78 sites only)
  • P255 ( Q397 site only)
  • P4 (Skillman site only)

Participating Charter Schools

  • Academy of the City Charter School
  • Growing Up Green Charter School
  • Our World Neighborhood Charter School
  • Renaissance Charter School
  • VOICE Charter School of New York

How is the account opened?

To open an account in your student’s name, we need to give some information about you and your student to NYC Kids RISE and their partner VistaShare.

What information will be shared if we take part in the program?

We will only share what is known as “Directory Information” about you and your student.

Directory Information for Students Includes:

  • A student identification number unique to the program
  • Full name
  • Birthdate
  • Home address
  • Whether the home address changes
  • Home phone number
  • School name
  • Current grade level
  • Language(s) spoken at home
  • Transfers made to other schools, if any, both inside and outside the NYC public school system

Directory Information for Parents Includes:

  • Parent identification numbers unique to the program
  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Cell and/or other phone number

Who gets the Directory Information?

NYC Kids RISE and VistaShare.

How can NYC Kids RISE and VistaShare use it?

They are only allowed to use or share Directory Information to run and evaluate their program. Neither organization is allowed to sell, use, or share the Directory Information for advertising, marketing, or other commercial purposes. In fact, they need our approval before sharing Directory Information with anyone else.

What rules are there about sharing student information?

A federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prevents us from sharing a student’s personally identifiable information without permission from a parent or guardian. However, unless you tell us not to, we can share Directory Information about you and your student.

If you would like to opt out, please continue to the “How do I opt out of the Program?” section.

What do I have to do to sign my student up?

You do not have to do anything to take part in the program. If your student is in one of the participating schools—for about 60 days—they will automatically be enrolled and receive an NYC Scholarship Account. Each NYC Scholarship Account comes with a $100 first deposit from NYC Kids RISE. You do not have to deposit any money of your own to get this account.

Can I take part in the program and not share my information?

Unfortunately, no. NYC Kids RISE and VistaShare need that information in order to run the program.

How do I opt out of the program?

If you do not want to participate in the Program, request a printed opt out form from the parent coordinator at your student’s school. Parents/guardians must fill out, sign and return the form to your school’s Secretary as soon as possible. You can find your deadline for opting out on the form.

If you do not opt out by your deadline then you are agreeing to have the Directory Information listed above shared with NYC Kids RISE and VistaShare. Depending on the date you are reading this web page, your deadline for opting out may or may not have passed. If the deadline has passed, you still have the option to cancel your child’s account at any time. Please continue reading for more details or reach out to your school’s Parent Coordinator with any questions about opting out or canceling.

Who can I talk to if I have questions?

Talk with your school’s Parent Coordinator if you have questions about:

  • The type of information that needs to be shared so your student can take part in the program
  • Opting out of the program
  • Canceling your child’s account
  • Re-enrolling in the program

Call NYC Kids RISE at 833-543-7473 or email them at if you have questions about:

  • The types of investments the account uses
  • Matching money
  • Qualification
  • Other program-related questions
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