Next Stop College aims to improve the success of high school students by providing 11th & 12th graders targeted, customized, and actionable information regarding college admission, affordability, and recommended actions to improve the odds of earning a college degree. We need your help in turning this from information on a website to action! Use your voice and creativity to virtually help your fellow NYC high school students through the college process this year by submitting a video demonstrating the steps and process of helping a peer through one of the below topic areas.

Choose one Topic Area:

  • Creating your “best-fit/balanced” college list
  • Making the most of a Virtual College Tour/College Fair
  • Writing Your College Essay
  • Tips for Completing the CUNY Application/ SUNY/Common Application
  • Completing FAFSA and TAP
  • Supporting Undocumented Students
  • Comparing Your Aid Awards & Finalizing Your Decision
  • Opportunity Programs
  • Creating a Brag Sheet (used to talk to teachers & get recommendation letters)
  • Tips for Parents supporting students to navigate the college process


August 6-August 27 winning videos will be announced by September 4. Selected videos will be featured on the Next Stop College website and social media accounts.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Applicants must be in 11th or 12th grade, enrolled in a high school equivalency program, or a NYC college student (applicant can attend any college but must have attended high school or a high school equivalency program in NYC).
  • Videos should be 1-2 minutes in length.
  • Videos should be shot horizontal.
  • Please upload video submissions to YouTube.
  • To qualify to win all applicants must follow @NextStopCollegeNYC on Instagram and submit their entry below.
  • Please submit questions to

Winners will be notified by email and will each receive a $500 stipend. Students are encouraged to work virtually with a partner in pairs. If students submit a video created with a partner each student will receive a $500 stipend.

*This is subject to change depending on the number of applicants.

Student Video Challenge

Student (Videographer's) Information

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Did you partner with another student in creating this video?

Second Student Information

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Submit Your Video

Photo/Video Authorization and Release


I hereby authorize the City University of New York (CUNY) & Next Stop College and anyone acting on their behalf including any legal representatives, licensees, contractors and assigns (CUNY) to take and use any photograph(s) and/or video(s) in which my image appears for all purposes and in all media, including without limitation, CUNY publications, the any CUNY web site and its related iTunes University pages, brochures, advertisements, and the World Wide Web/internet. CUNY/Next Stop College shall have sole and complete ownership of the photograph(s) and/or video(s) and shall have the exclusive right to make use of it/them, and any images or other productions derived from it/them, as set forth herein. I understand and agree that I will receive no monetary or other compensation for my appearance in and CUNY's/Next Stop College use of the photograph(s) and/or video(s); and that this document shall serve as a release and waiver of any and all publicity rights and any other claims (including, but not limited to privacy, contract, libel or defamation) arising out of the use of the photograph(s) and/or video(s), and any right to inspect or approve the finished product or advertising or other communications that may be used with the photograph(s) and/or video(s). I am eighteen years of age or older, and a legally competent adult, and have the right to contract in my own name. I have read this document and fully understand its contents. This release and authorization shall be binding upon me and my heirs, legal representatives and assigns.

Is student under 18? If student is under 18, parent/guardian must also sign. *

Disclaimer/Waiver: I certify that the information above is truthful and valid. I also certify that I made and own this video and that I have permission to use the images of any people who are depicted. I grant CUNY/ Next Stop College the rights to publish and use my photograph on the Next Stop College website and anywhere else deemed appropriate for public and not-for-profit usage. (This submission will not be processed without your agreement to these provisions.)

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