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Universal FAFSA: Expanding Financial Aid Access for New York Students

Thursday, February 15, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Young Invincibles Office or Virtual

Universal FAFSA: Expanding Financial Aid Access for New York Students

Join us for a briefing with members of the legislature, state and college leaders, student-serving organizations, researchers, and students as we unpack the data and discuss the need for a Universal FAFSA policy in New York. During this hybrid event hosted by uAspire, The Education Trust - New York, and Young Invincibles, we will hear highlights and successes from other states, key data points about FAFSA completion, and the student experience with financial aid processes.


New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes 
Sponsor of Senate Bill S8148

New York State Assemblymember Jonathan Jacobson
Assembly Bill Sponsor 

Bill DeBaun
Senior Director, Data and Strategic Initiatives
National College Attainment Network (NCAN)

T'Kai Harvey 
Student Advocate, uAspire Policy Fellowship Alum 
CUNY Hunter College

Jacqueline Ordonez
Student Advocate 
Young Invincibles 

Francesca Perrone
Policy Analyst & Compliance Specialist 
Hispanic Federation

Lori Roopnarine
Network Director of College Placement 
The Academy Charter School

Ian Rosenblum
Senior Vice Chancellor for Policy Implementation & Chief of Staff 
The State University of New York

Darleny Suriel

Join us in person or virtually:

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Young Invincibles
25 Broadway, 12th Floor
New York, NY 

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This is a critical moment to maximize the number of New York students who apply for and receive federal and state financial aid by passing an equitable policy that ensures BIPOC students, first-generation students, and students from low-income communities complete the FAFSA or New York Dream Act Application.

To learn more about the need for a Universal FAFSA policy in New York, read uAspire's fact sheet

If you have questions, please contact Melissa Clarke, uAspire's New York policy director, at