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

Is the TASFA Right for Your Students?

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Oct 8, 2019 2:59:51 PM

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?

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Topics: Finances, College Planning

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

Your Guide to High School Transition Services

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Misty Thomas on Jul 23, 2019 2:12:33 PM

As a counselor or adviser, you may be uncertain of all your roles and responsibilities when navigating the transition to postsecondary life for high school seniors with special needs. Planning far ahead and ensuring that special needs students achieve certain milestones and meet state standards in middle and high school is crucial. Take a moment to explore the information provided in this table, and keep it handy – it’s been a lifesaver for me as a counselor.

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Topics: Middle School, College Planning, Educators

Get Your Secondary Classroom Tools in Formation with Texas OnCourse

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Jenny Patrick on Jul 16, 2019 12:32:58 PM

Backpacks are on the shelves, and some stores are even stocking holiday merchandise. Say it isn’t so! Despite our best efforts to keep pool floaties inflated, the mind can’t help but wander toward what is to come in August. 

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Topics: Lessons & Curriculum, College Planning

The Student Summer: A Time to Broaden Life Experiences

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Sal Acosta on Jun 25, 2019 1:44:24 PM

What’s a student to do during the summer? After a time, another day at the pool or afternoon spent playing video games can seem humdrum. Summertime offers a wonderful opportunity for students to broaden their life experiences. The more life experiences, the more well rounded the student – and the more potential college essay material! It’s all about changing it up. Here are several options:

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Topics: College Planning, Parents, Student Enrichment

Out With the Old, In With the New: Things to Keep in Mind Before Freshman Year

Posted by Texas OnCourse Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on May 28, 2019 4:40:54 PM

For many students, the prospect of leaving their hometown for college after high school is an exciting one. For others, it can be anxiety-producing. And of course, there is a whole spectrum of emotions in between that can ebb and flow during the first year away from home. With this in mind, we partnered with Roadtrip Nation to produce some videos about this impactful time. Who better to interview than real college students who made the transition themselves? We challenge you to share these video with a student who could use them. Happy watching!

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Topics: College Planning

Rolling Smoothly Into the Next Chapter After Graduation

Seniors and their families make a million crucial decisions throughout the course of about eight months that can completely alter their life. Once the end of senior year arrives, it can be easy for students to get caught up in the excitement of what’s next after wrapping up a major chapter of their lives. Yet the summer before college comes with lots of new responsibilities and deadlines.

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Topics: College Planning

Supporting Undocumented Students and Their Families

Posted by Texas OnCourse Leader Fellow Iris Gonzalez on May 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Supporting undocumented students and their families might feel like a daunting task. As a counselor who works primarily with migrant students, I’m happy to share tips and best practices so it’s easier for you to support undocumented students.

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Topics: Grad Requirements, College Planning