Students who move frequently – like those whose parents or guardians are in the military or are migrant workers – face unique challenges in becoming college and career ready. The feeling of being uprooted or displaced can be unsettling and may affect academic performance and postsecondary success. It’s important that educators, counselors, and advisers do all they can to provide transitioning students with a warm welcome. After all, research shows that students learn better when they feel safe and cared for.
Do you have a middle school student who has a dream job in mind? If so, you might find it easy to work backward to help that student select a corresponding endorsement.
Scholarships and grants, federal student loans, state and college loans, private loans, work-study – these are the many ways your students can receive assistance in paying for college. Researching and pursuing these opportunities can be complicated, but there’s more to do once applications are in! Students need to learn that borrowing only what they need is crucial to minimizing debt, and that certain forms of financial aid will need to be re-paid or traded for time.
Helping Texas middle school students prepare to choose an endorsement selection before they enter high school is just one step in career exploration.
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.
We’re loving the *slightly* cooler temperatures and slow slide into the holiday season. Before we all say farewell for Thanksgiving break, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on all we’re thankful for at Texas OnCourse:
As college and career readiness educators, you may have a good feel for what endorsements your local students are choosing, but have you ever wondered how that might compare to statewide academic trends?
Do you have students who are interested in military enlistment? There are a few steps students can take to pursue their dreams of military enlistment and find their best fit.
Topics: Jobs and Careers
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.
It’s financial aid season, which means that students, parents, and educators around the country have “paying for college” on their minds. FAFSA is a definite buzzword, but what about those students who aren’t eligible for federal financial aid?