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

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

Understanding Your Role in A-F Accountability

Posted by Leader Fellow Jenny Patrick on Oct 22, 2019 3:16:35 PM

“Snapshot.” This word means so much more than a carefully crafted Instagram photo with a wrinkle-reducing filter. On October 25, 2019, districts across Texas will hold their breath as data is extracted from PEIMS (Public Education Information Management Systems) that will ultimately determine their A–F accountability rating in the form of a snapshot showing “everything as it is today."

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Topics: Data and Accountability, Educators, Administrators

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

Using the Family Guide to Engage Middle School Parents and Guardians

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Jennifer Sullivan on Sep 27, 2019 11:59:06 AM

As educators, we know that having buy-in at home is imperative when it comes to college and career readiness. Parents and guardians have enormous influence when it comes to deadlines, timelines, and planning for the future.

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

5 Cool Features of the NEW Texas OnCourse Academy

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Sep 24, 2019 12:06:00 PM

 

There’s never been a better time for you to check out the Texas OnCourse Academy. If you've been a loyal Academy user for the past couple of years, you may have noticed we redesigned this online professional development tool over the summer. If you're brand new to the Academy, this free resource offers a variety of learning modules to help you guide your students through college and career decisions. We’re excited to share some of the most useful features of the new Academy with you.

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Topics: Insider, Professional Development, Educators

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

From One High School Counselor to Another

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Leslie Graham on Sep 10, 2019 4:37:05 PM

The start of a new school year brings a lot of excitement, along with a good amount of stress. As a high school counselor, I know that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed… especially if you’re the lone counselor on campus.  

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Topics: Insider, Professional Development, Educators

The Best Tools for Middle School Advisory

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Iris Gonzalez on Aug 27, 2019 1:33:23 PM

I hear two clear-cut positions from educators when I talk to them about Advisory Period. Some educators view advisory as a confusing and frustrating period that creates extra work. Other educators have conquered the advisory period challenge, and view it as a productive time in the school day to reach out to students on a deeper level.  

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Topics: Middle School, Lessons & Curriculum, Educators

Top 3 Pinterest Picks for Middle School College and Career Educators

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Aug 13, 2019 5:22:16 PM

It’s the first week back at school for many Texas educators and students. Who knew summer could fly by so fast? Now that you’re getting back in the swing of things, we want to make sure you have all the tools you need to help your middle schoolers succeed. College and career readiness starts early, and it’s never too soon for your students to start dreaming of a fruitful life after high school. 

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Topics: Middle School, Endorsements, Educators