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The High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology

College Office: Room 104

College Counselors: 
Eleanor Vierling
Stacy Dumaresq
Phone: 718-759-3441

CEEB code: 330743

Now is the time to get ready for college!

Seniors, click here for a step by step guide on applying and financial aid.

Juniors, click here to get started on your college Research.

"In a twenty-first century economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, education is the single best bet we can make - not just for our individual success; but for the success of our nation as a whole." ~President Obama

Here's how to apply to college.

Remember, you are applying as an undergraduate freshman.

1. Create a professional email account. Do not use addresses such as,, etc. Remember to be professional in all of your communication with colleges. For more information on email etiquette click here.

2. Create accounts on the College Board and ACT websites.

Sign up for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and the ACT. * Fee waivers available for eligible students in room 104.

To learn about the difference between the SAT and ACT click here. For free SAT/ACT prep click here.

3. Ask for 2 teacher recommendations.  If a college asks for the e-mail address for your teacher who is writing an academic recommendation, use their account.  It is the first initial and last name of the teacher.  For example, Denise Basso is

4. The best way to research schools is to visit them or speak with an admissions officer. See the calendar below for a schedule of open houses, college trips and admissions officers' visits to HSTAT.  Click here to learn how to apply to fly in programs where schools will cover your travel expences in order to visit their campus!

5. The White House has created a great website with lots of data about colleges.  Check out "College Scorecard."

6. Do a college search on the College Board website's "Big Future". Research the recommendations made by the College Board College Search.

7. Research CUNY schools. Review CUNY Admissions Profile (provides the mean GPA   SAT scores at CUNY colleges.) For specific guidelines on applying to CUNY click here.

8. Research SUNY schools. Review SUNY Admissions Profile (also check out the admissions profiles for SUNY's EOP and Community College applicants). 

9. Research College Access and Opportunity Programs:
Private New York State Colleges: HEOP

10. If you are applying to colleges that use the Common App, create an account with the Common Application: Click here for an application tutorial and other FAQs. Do an Advanced Search on the Common App website. Research the recommendations made by the Common App Advanced Search.

11. Research Historically Black Colleges on the Common Black College Application.

12. Visit Unigo the college search website for students by students.

13. Check out this article (and list) about colleges that show a commitment to ecominic diversity.

14. Many schools require that you submit a personal statement with your application. Click here for more informaiton on writing your college essay.

15. What do I put in those darn college application envelopes?? Familiarize yourself with the procedure for submitting your applications. Click here for an explanation.  Fill out and paperclip a checklist to each envelope.

16. Consider whether or not to apply Early Decision or Early Action.  Click here for information.

17. Click here for links and information to help you with the college application process.

18. Click here for a list of scholarships.  Click here for a specific scholarship opportunity available to undocumented students.

19. Click here for information about the Excelsior Scholarship which can help you to attend a CUNY or SUNY school tuition free.  This does not cover the cost of room and board.

20. Click here for information on financial aid.

21. You've been accepted to several schools? Now you need help deciding on which college to attend. Check out College Pick.

22. Here is a calendar to keep you on track and up to date (Click +GoogleCalendar to add it to your own Google Calendar):



Juniors to do list:

1.  Sign up for the ACTs, SATs, and SAT IIs.  Check in with Maureen in 104 to see if you qualify for a fee waiver
The College Board  Make an account and sign up for the SATs and SATII
ACT Test Website  Make an account and sign up for the the ACTs

2.  Research CUNY Schools
CUNY Admissions Profile (provides the mean GPA and SAT scores at CUNY colleges)
More info on CUNY here!

3.  Research SUNY Schools
SUNY Admissions Profile (also check out the admissions profiles for SUNY's EOP and Community College applicants)
SUNY Program Search  Check to see which SUNY campuses have the major you are interested in!

4.  Research "Other" Schools
College Search Step-by-Step Website were they ask you questions and then generate a list of schools for you to research

5.  Apply for a FSA ID
All students who are citizens or perminent residents of the US should apply for a FSA ID in order to start their Financial Aid process.  


NYC College Line is a great website with hand-picked resources for getting into, paying for, and staying in college...and they have a Blog

The Common Application accepted by many top colleges and universities and a great college research tool

The Common Black Application accepted by many of the Historically Black Colleges


Unigo Everybody's talking about it. The college search website made by students for students.

List of the most economically diverse colleges Academic and vocational opportunities for students with IEP's

US News and World Report School Rankings and Guides

Here is a calendar to keep you on track and up to date (Click +GoogleCalendar to add it to your own Google Calendar):





1. Your email address is often the first "e-contact" you make with a person/organization. It should be short and professional. (Do not use addresses such as,, etc.) These are unacceptable.

2. E-mails are electronic communications between people, like letters, and should be written in good style, with correct grammar and punctuation.

3. E-mail is not private. Even though it is treated confidentially, it is monitored and logged.

4. The subject line of your e-mail should contain a short statement pertaining to the content of your message. The recipients of your e-mail will be able to better organize and save their incoming e-mails. Subject lines will also help administrators combat spam mail and help spam filters to identify legitimate mail from spam mail.

5. The body of the message should state the problem or question clearly. It should be written without internet short-hand.

6. Always include your full name when communicating via email, preferably at the end of the message. You should include your name, address and telephone number on each email as a formatted ending.

7. Spell check is a good thing. You can set your e-mail options to automatically spell check each e-mail before sending.

8. You should always re-read your messages before sending. Don’t be too hasty to send an e-mail. With the convenience of e-mail, people are quick to send e-mails or reply in a hurry; however, some responses need thought and some time, and you may regret a hasty response. E-mails are communications in writing, and, as such, are documents that may contain information that you decide you don't like a letter than a telephone call.

9. Write with professionalism. High standards are appreciated in all aspects of life.

Welcome Teachers!

Thank you so much for supporting our students on their journey to college!

Writing a teacher recomendation?

Our students are given teacher recommendation forms in the spring of their Junior year (and then again in the fall of their Senior year) and are given the responsibility of asking 2 of their Junior year teachers to commit to writing them letters of recommendation. The forms, once filled out, should be returned to Kitty in room 114 in order for the college office to keep a record of who is writing a letter for who.

Here are some links to help support you in the recommendation writing process:

1. Note to Applicants: Admissions Officers Do Read What Your Teachers Say

2.The Art of the College Recommendation Letter

Have a question?

Give us a call at 718-759-3435

Or email us at

Here are a few sites to help you practice

Eleanor Vierling
College Advisor
Room 104

Stacy Dumaresq
College Advisor
Room 104



High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology

350 67th Street
Brooklyn, NY



Check the following websites for ongoing scholarships:

Check out these specific scholarship notifications:

Creative Communication Poetry and Essay Contest Various deadlines. Please visit their websites for more details.

New York Times Scholarship
Deadline: 11/10/17

Milken Scholarship
e-mail us at by December 8th if you would like to be nominated and meet the following criteria:
Minimum grade point average of 90 in all academic high school subject areas;
Minimum composite SAT I Reasoning score of 1250;
Active participation in community service activities;
A record of leadership;
Financial or other obstacles;
Admission to a four-year college or university prior to final selection; and
United States Citizenship or Permanent Residency.

Gates Millenium Scholarship 
Deadline TBD
ETHNICITIES:  African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American
RESIDENCY STATUS:  U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident

New Visions Scholarship
Deadline TBA
The Hartley-Schlosstein Scholarship Fund will provide up to $5,000 per year--up to $20,000 over four years--toward the cost of the awarded student's full-time undergraduate study. The scholarship amount is determined by tuition costs and financial need. 

Google Lime Scholarship
Deadline 12/10/17

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship
Deadline 1/4/18
Each year, the Program selects numerous recipients to receive a $10,000 scholarship renewable for up to an additional three years – up to $40,000 total per recipient. Awards are for undergraduate study and may be used for education-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, and board. In addition, Scholars are invited to participate in a special awards program.

Deadline 2/2/18
AEF will provide two-year or four-year college scholarships to promising immigrant students in NYC, who were either born outside the US or have two parents born outside the US, in the range of $2,500 - $20,000.

NYCHCC Scholarship
The NYCHCC Scholarship Award is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree.Eligiability: United States citizens\residents, of Hispanic descent; Must live in NYC; Undergraduate students attending accredited university; Proof of 3.0 GPA or higher; One letter of recommendation from a Professor; Submit a 500 word essay; Resume

Foot Locker Scholarship
Applicant must: Be a current high school senior entering a four-year, accredited US college or university in the Fall of 2018; Be currently a member (in good standing) of a high school sports team or be involved in after-school sports (e.g. intramurals, martial arts, etc.); Have maintained an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher from ninth grade to first semester of 12th grade; Be a U.S. citizen or US Permanent Legal Resident; Foot Locker employees and their immediate family members are ineligible

Deadline 2/20/17
NPRDP will award 60 $2,000 scholarships to exceptional Puerto Rican high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomore, and juniors who are making a difference in their community.  

APIASF Scholarship Program
Deadline 1/11/17
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
Be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census
Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply
Be enrolling as an undergraduate student in a U.S. accredited college or university in the Fall of 2015. Please read the scholarships by supporter details below for specific eligibility requirements regarding the academic standing required for each scholarship.
Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale (unweighted) or have earned a GED
Must apply for federal financial aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Submit one letter of recommendation online.

2017 Student-View Scholarship Program 

Scholarships for undocumented students:
The National Scholarship Award will cover your tuition and fees up to a maximum of $12,500 for an associate’s degree and $25,000 for a bachelor’s degree, at one of our Partner Colleges
The Award is renewable each year – you simply have to meet the continuing eligibility criteria – including continuous full-time enrollment (more than 12 credits per term) and a college GPA of 3.0. If you struggle, your Scholar Advisor will be there to help you get back on track.

Click here for more scholarships for undocumented students

1. Apply only if you are eligible. Read all the scholarship requirements and directions carefully to make sure you're eligible before you send in your application.
2. Complete the application in full. If a question doesn't apply, note that on the application. Don't just leave a blank. Supply all additional supporting material, such as transcripts, letters of recommendation and essays.
3. Follow directions. Provide everything that's required, but don't supply things that aren't requested, you could be disqualified.
4. Neatness counts. Always type your application, or if you must print, do so neatly and legibly. Make a couple of photo copies of all the forms before you fill them out. Use the copies as working drafts as you develop your application packet.
5. Write an essay that makes a strong impression. The key to writing a strong essay is to be personal and specific. Include concrete details to make your experience come alive: the who, what, where, and when of your topic. The simplest experience can be monumental if you present honestly how you were affected.
6. Watch all deadlines. To help keep yourself on track, Impose your own deadline that is at least two weeks prior to the official deadline.
7. Make sure your application gets where it needs to go. Put your name on all pages of the application. Pieces of your application may get lost unless they are clearly identified.

Financial Aid

Completing the FAFSA

I. Everyone should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online. *The only people who should not apply are students who are undocumented.

II. The FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid) form must be completed online. The FAFSA website is Here *Beware websites that charge you to complete the application. You should complete the application for 2018-2019.
You should complete the FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible using your parents' 2016 taxes.

III. In order to apply for FAFSA online, parents and students will both need FSAIDs (formerly known as PINs).  This will serve as your online signature once you complete the application. You must get your FSA ID before filling out the FAFSA. You will need both your social security number and your parent's social security number to get FSA IDs. Click here for the FSA ID website. *If you parents do not have a Social Security number, they will not make an ID.  Instead, you will be prompted to print a signature page to be mailed in once you complete the FAFSA.*     
IV. Worksheets to help you through the process are available here:

V.  As the funds for financial aid are finite, it is best to complete this application as soon as possible.

VI. You can only list 10 schools at a time on the FAFSA. There are two ways to handle this issue: 1) Put in your first 10, and wait for the confirmation email containing your SAR. Then, call each school's financial aid office to confirm that they've received it. Once a school has received it, you can erase them from your FAFSA and enter the code for another school to send again. 2) Put in your first 10 schools, and wait for your SAR, which will contain your DRN (your data release number). You can call the schools you were unable to list and provide them with your DRN. They may be able to access your FAFSA that way. 

Completing TAP

TAP Tuition Assistance Program for students attending college in New York State
I. After completing the FAFSA, students who applied to schools in New York State must complete the TAP Application.
II. The NYS Higher Education Services Corporation website also has clear definitions of the types of grants, loans, and scholarships available to students:
III. You can only choose one NY school to list on the TAP. Once you decide on the NY school you will attend in the fall, you can go back in to TAP and make the change, if necessary.

Completing the CSS profile

I. Many, not all, schools require that you also complete a CSS profile in addition to the FAFSA. CUNY and SUNY do not.  You should complete the application for 2017-2018.  Click here to see the list of schols that require the CSS profile.
II. Those schools that require the CSS profile are very strict about the deadlines for its submission. 
III. There is a $25 fee for the initial application and a $16 fee for each school report. Click here to learn about CSS profile fee waivers.
IV. The CSS Profile website is:

Financial Aid Workshops   

New York's College Goal Sunday College Goal Sunday will host online application help sessions locations across New York State. Plan to attend the event near you to get free, hands-on professional help with filling out your FAFSA. Register to attend online. Date to be determined.

Kingsborough College Ongoing Info and Financial Aid Workshops. Call the Kingsborough Financial Aid office for details.

SUNY Center for Recruitment Ongoing Info and Financial Aid Appointments. Call the recruitment office to make an appointment. (212) 364-5821.

Financial Aid Resources:

FAFSA : A How to Guide for Students and Adults

Start Here. Get There. - Financial Aid Awareness

** Click here for a Live Chat to get Financial Aid answers

** Click here for videos about the financial aid process


Net Price Calculator:

What does Net Price mean? Net Price is the amount that a student pays to attend an institution in a single academic year AFTER subtracting scholarships and grants the student receives. Scholarships and grants are forms of financial aid that a student does not have to pay back.

What is a Net Price Calculator? Net price calculators are available on a college's or university's website and allow prospective students to enter information about themselves to find out what students like them paid to attend the institution in the previous year, after taking grants and scholarships into account.  

U.S. Department of Education's Net Price Calculator

Financial Aid Award Letter Comparison Tool


Websites helpful for understanding financial aid:

 A financial aid predictor

Information on New York State's Financial Aid services is available at:


The money is out there! Apply for scholarships now!