Score! How to Interpret PSAT Results

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Nov 26, 2019 1:35:08 PM

Earlier this fall, sophomores and juniors across Texas took the PSAT, giving many of them their first taste of rigorous college entrance exams. This test can reveal areas that need improvement in preparation for the actual SAT®. For juniors, it’s also an opportunity for students to earn scholarships by scoring high enough to become a National Merit Scholar! With test scores due to be released in mid-December, let’s talk about the scoring scale and how to interpret PSAT/NMSQT test results.

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Topics: Applying to College, Educators

How to Interpret the FAFSA Student Aid Report

Posted by Leader Fellow Will Collins on Nov 12, 2019 11:22:56 AM

After counseling sessions, financial aid nights, mountains of paperwork, and countless follow-ups, your students have *successfully* filed their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Way to go, counselor! What now?

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Topics: Applying to College, Finances, Educators

Win up to $50 for Accessing Free Professional Development Resources

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Oct 30, 2019 2:00:20 PM

We want to reward you for using Texas OnCourse to support your students! Have you heard? We have a pair of contests running for the Academy: one for high school educators and one for middle school educators. For a limited time, earn a badge that supports your advising or instruction work with students, and you can be eligible to win a $25 or $50 Amazon gift card.

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Topics: Professional Development, Applying to College, Endorsements

How to Secure Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

Posted by Leader Fellow Crystal Castañeda on Oct 29, 2019 3:22:51 PM

I have worked with many undocumented students over the years. It’s heartbreaking to see how defeated, unsure, and scared they can be about their path to college readiness. It is our job to educate and uplift all students – and let them know that college is an option. 

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Topics: Applying to College, Finances, Educators

How to Write the Best Scholarship Apps

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Oct 15, 2019 11:29:55 AM

Unless they apply for financial aid, even high-achieving students will miss out on it. Showcasing hard work, strengths, and talents are all part of securing scholarships. If students approach this process systematically and start early, scholarships can take a big bite out of college-related expenses. Consider sharing some attributes of a strong application to help students streamline the scholarship application process regardless of the type and number of applications they fill out. 

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Educators

Why Every College-Bound Student Should Stop, Drop, and FAFSA

Posted by Leader Fellow Patti Morton Gibbs on Oct 10, 2019 2:13:06 PM

“Why should my child or my family apply for FAFSA if we are not low income?” As a parent and educator, I am asked this question often. My response comes from personal experience working with college-bound students and their families for the past 25 years.

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Topics: Applying to College, Finances, College Planning, Parents

Are You Ready to Help Texas Students with FAFSA/TASFA?

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Dannette Young on Sep 17, 2019 2:02:36 PM

It’s that time of year where we are tasked with supporting our students and parents with navigating financial aid applications. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and TASFA (Texas Application for State Financial Aid) can be overwhelming for anyone, but with the right tools, you can feel confident in supporting your students and parents through the process. 

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Topics: Applying to College, Finances, Educators

Making Your High School Senior College and Career Ready

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Sal Acosta on Aug 8, 2019 2:18:55 PM

From the time our children are small, we teach them what we know. Soon enough, it comes time for them to learn things we don’t know, and that’s when we call in the experts: educators. Time flies, and soon our students are in their *gasp*  last year of high school! This is a crucial time when years of hard academic work and focus come to fruition. It’s also when senioritis might set in! It’s imperative that parents and guardians support their students in staying on course through high school graduation.

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Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Parents

Think You Know What Makes a Meaningful College Essay?

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Holly Moore on Jun 18, 2019 1:01:10 PM

“It was the final seconds of the big game…”

“My mom has made me the person I am today…”

“My eyes were opened while on a mission trip…”

I’m sure many of you have read a student’s college admission essay draft and seen a similar approach.

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Topics: Applying to College, Educators