New Start for Women is an innovative program to help women in Kingston and Ulster County who are living below the federal poverty level* or ALICE household survival budget** earn a one-year SUNY Ulster business certificate, leading to living wage employment and economic mobility. The program covers each student’s tuition, fees & books.
SUNY Ulster, along with community partners also offer a wide variety of support services at no cost, designed to help students overcome the numerous barriers to success they might face including
Summer orientation program
Technology needed for success
Personal skills support to enhance self-awareness, assertiveness training, and time management
Workplace soft skills training
Speakers & networking events
Career mentoring and role models from SUNY Ulster & the community
Resume building and interview workshops
Weekly support groups & study groups
Family events at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster
Women must be living below the federal poverty level* or ALICE household survival budget** and be eager and ready to pursue further education, internships, and new career paths. We know returning to school when you have so many responsibilities is not easy, but we are ready to help and support students every step of the way.
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Completion of the standard SUNY Ulster application process, including applications for financial aid and scholarships
Review of your application by a small admissions committee to determine if we are a good fit for your needs.
In addition to submitting SUNY Ulster's general application, this worksheet and supplemental application should be submitted.
If you or someone in your community might be a good candidate for New Start for Women, contact:
Director, New Start for Women
*Federal Poverty levels are $11,880 for a single adult and $24,300 for a family of four.
**ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The ALICE Project is a collaboration of United Ways across the country. The average ALICE household survival budget for NYS are $23,148 (or $11.57/hour) for a single adult and $68,808 (or $34.40/hour for a family of four consisting of two adults, one infant and one preschooler.