Options Institute College Access Training Online Course

Introducing: A New Way to Complete NYC’s Leading College Access Professional Development

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Two Bundles Available

College Access Training—$395

Courses: Assessing Postsecondary Readiness, Researching and Evaluating Students’ Postsecondary Choices, Strong College Applications, Financial Aid Process and Financial Aid: Packages, Loans and Gap

Financial Aid Process and Financial Aid: Packages, Loans and Gap—$250

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Here’s a sneak peek:

Our Pioneering Content—Now at Your Pace!

The Options Institute is offering its signature Foundations Course as a multi modal, resource rich, online learning system created specifically for school and Community Based Organization counselors.

The Options Institute is New York City’s leading provider of professional development for practitioners working with underrepresented students on their postsecondary pathways. Based on Options in-person workshops, the asynchronous course is a new way for counselors supporting students through the complex process of applying to college to access our signature workshops. Learners can choose either the comprehensive College Access Training bundle or the Financial Aid bundle and they can be accessed and repeated more than once for up to 90 days.

Over the past 18 years, Options Institute, Goddard Riverside’s college access professional development organization, has been instructing college counselors and advisors in New York City on foundational topics related to college counseling.  We think that our work as practitioners and trainers has helped us to develop a unique perspective – one that blurs the line between external research and internal knowledge as we have sought to integrate both in our work for almost two decades. It is through this lens that we have developed and offer this asynchronous course. 

The course design and development team created a comprehensive online curriculum, blending new and existing knowledge to enhance ways counselors guide their students. Learners will feel they’ve deepened their knowledge and skills every time they engage with the content and will be inspired to work more efficiently to help students achieve their goals.

College Access Training provides highly specialized professional development, which is not taught in college, on how to guide students through the college application process.

Comprehensive and Convenient

-Developed by NYC’s leading college access experts
-Up-to-date information
-Self-paced courses
-Supported with downloadable resources
-90 days of access
-Discussion forums for participant interaction

Specialized Knowledge for College Access Practitioners

We cover these and many other important topics:

-What’s most important when making a college list
-What you most need to know to support students to complete the FAFSA
-How to introduce career into the college choice making process
-How to analyze financial aid packages
-How to counsel students and families about college choices and financial commitments