Pre-Kindergarten (age 4)

All children who live in New York City and are 4 years old on or before December 1 of the current year are eligible to attend a FREE pre-kindergarten program.

Public School (age 5-21)

All NYC residents have the right to attend public school until graduation or until the end of the school year in which they turn 21 years old.

After-School and Community Programs

The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) provides after-school and community programs for children and families, including free after-school help, information about jobs and internships, English-language and adult education, and free immigration legal help.

  • Call (800) 246-4646 for more information.


All residents of New York State, regardless of immigration status, are eligible to pay in-state tuition at all City University of New York (CUNY) and State University of New York (SUNY) colleges and universities.

  • For more information visit CUNY's website; or call (800) CUNY-YES (286-9937).
  • For more information visit SUNY's website; or call (800) 342-3811.
On April 12, 2019, the governor signed the Senator Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act (“NYS DREAM Act”). Once implemented, the law will: 

  • open New York’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) to more students, including those who meet criteria related to attendance of a NYS high school or NYS high school equivalency program, allowing undocumented students to access State financial aid and State scholarships for higher education; and
  • codify the practice of allowing all New Yorkers to access the 529 College Savings Program regardless of immigration status.
This law will take time to implement, including developing new regulations and an application form. The exact timing of when the new eligibility criteria will take effect is unclear at this time.

This page will continue to be updated as new information is released.

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