am i eligible for btny?


Breakthrough New York supports motivated students on a 10-year path from middle school through college graduation. Current 6th grade students living in NYC are invited to apply, and accepted students will start our 10-year program the summer after 6th grade.

Before starting your BTNY application, please review the eligibility criteria below. If you're not sure about your eligibility, please e-mail [email protected] - we want to help you make an informed decision!

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eligibility faq's

Q: If I'm accepted to BTNY, do I have to attend all 10 years of programming?

A: Yes, students who enroll in BTNY commit to participating in our programs for 10 years - from middle school through college graduation. 

Q: Is there a cost to participating in the BTNY program for 10 years?

A: BTNY’s 10-year program is completely free.

Q: Does BTNY provide transportation to their summer and after-school program?

A: BTNY students attend over 100 different schools across the city, so we do not provide busing to our programs. BTNY students are responsible for commuting to our after-school and summer programs, whether through public transportation, car pool, or parent transportation. We will provide free MetroCards during the summer and after-school program - if students don’t already have one from their school - so students can travel to program. When possible, we will connect BTNY students to others at their site to arrange joint commuting.

Q: If I’m accepted to BTNY, where do I attend the Middle School summer and after-school program?

A: BTNY students attend the Middle School program at one of the following 3 sites:

Q: Can you tell me more about the income requirement? I'm not sure if my student qualifies.

A: Absolutely! Our income qualification can be one of the trickier pieces to understand because the income maximum is different depending on the size of the “household”. BTNY also takes into account "household" members who do not live in the student's household, but who are financially supported by one of the student's caretakers. You can use the table below to count the number of people in your “household”, then look at the maximum income level for your household size.

Q: Why does BTNY have eligibility criteria based on grades and test scores?

A: BTNY is a big commitment and a rigorous program. All of our classes are also taught by young adults in high school and college. We want to make sure that students who are admitted to BTNY can take advantage of and thrive in our program. We know there are awesome students out there who may not meet our academic eligibility criteria, and we want to make sure they have all of the resources that they need to be successful. Based on our program model, we know that we can best serve students who are already on or above grade level.


Have questions about BTNY Admissions?

Please e-mail Enya O’Riordan, Admissions & Enrollment Manager, at [email protected] or call (917) 258-6564.