Financial Aid during COVID-19

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on May 19, 2020 3:39:03 PM

Many of your students have likely experienced changes to their personal and family income. These changes can affect expected family contribution, so your students may need to update a financial aid application. 

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Topics: Applying to College, Finances, Coronavirus, Distance Counseling

Micro Scholarships: The Hidden Scholarships for High School Students

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Mar 12, 2020 5:23:19 PM

Too often, we view scholarships as something that students start thinking about in the later years of high school – when college applications are imminent. But here are ways to begin earning scholarships for college as early as ninth grade. Through micro-scholarships!

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Topics: Finances, College Planning, Educators

In Which Order Should Students Accept Financial Aid?

Posted by Communications Coordinator Rose Frezza on Jan 7, 2020 1:36:06 PM

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.

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Topics: Finances, 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

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

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 an Impact: Use Your Funds for CCMR Outcomes

Across the state, administrators are learning more about the intricacies of the A-F Accountability System and what it means for our students and schools. As Texas’ college and career readiness experts, we’re excited to bring you timely updates, such as what districts with excellent outcomes can do with their financial bonuses.

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Topics: Data and Accountability, Finances, Administrators

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