Webinar: Student Modules: College and Career Support with Texas College Bridge

Posted by Texas OnCourse on May 19, 2022 3:15:21 PM

Introducing students to pathways they can pursue after high school is no easy task, and we applaud your hard work! We’re here to make college planning even smoother for your high school students. Texas OnCourse has partnered with the Texas Education Agency and College Forward to bring you the College and Career Support guide from Texas College Bridge. This resource comes with five helpful, student-facing modules where students can learn about their interests and passions, different postsecondary paths, how to apply for college, financial aid, and so much more!  

Watch the webinar recording below and download the slides or continue reading for resources and highlights.   

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Topics: Webinar, Jobs and Careers, Applying to College, Educators, Students and Families, High School, College and Career Readiness Resources

Webinar: Enhancing Your Advising Practice Among Unique Groups of Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 20, 2022 4:48:03 PM

There are lots of resources out there to support students with disabilities. In this webinar, we help you sort through some of the most helpful ones. These resources are meant to help ease postsecondary planning and career exploration and include a module in the Texas OnCourse Academy that’s filled with awesome information on how to best advise this student population. 

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Topics: Webinar, Educators, Students and Families, High School, Diversity and Inclusion, Special Populations

TASFA is getting an upgrade!

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 13, 2022 1:24:42 PM
We’ve got news, everyone. Starting next October, students will have the option to complete t he Texas Application for State Financial Aid ( TASFA ) online!

You probably already know that the TASFA is a free application that collects information to help determine eligibility for state (or institutional) financial aid for non-citizen Texas students, international students, and other students who cannot complete the FAFSA. It’s currently housed as a downloadable document that your student and their family fill out and either mail or upload to universities or colleges to receive state financial aid.   

Starting in October 2022, the process will be simplified. Students will be able to fill out and submit their application completely electronically, and counselors can easily check completion.   

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Topics: Finances, College Planning, Students and Families, High School, Financial Aid

Your Students May Need to Correct Their Pell

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Apr 13, 2022 12:22:40 PM

Some college-bound seniors may be eligible for more financial aid than they were awarded this spring but will need to take steps to correct their information. Your students deserve to receive the full reward amount they’re eligible for. We know they’re going through the financial aid process for the first time and aren’t likely to know how to navigate this challenge.  Don’t worry though, we’ve got the right information to share with your students and their families before school’s out for the summer.

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Topics: Finances, College Planning, Students and Families, High School, Financial Aid

Webinar: Financial Literacy for Your High School Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Mar 24, 2022 2:53:50 PM

The sun is shining, and the birds are chirping – happy spring, y’all! We’re happy to bring you new resources to use in your classroom. Our guests for this webinar have some incredible free materials that are filled with helpful information on financial literacy and options for life after high school.  

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Topics: Webinar, Finances, Educators, Students and Families, Financial Aid

Webinar: Family Engagement in Schools

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Feb 4, 2022 5:00:00 PM

Grabbing the attention of parents and guardians comes with its challenges. In this month’s webinar, we introduced our newest tool to help keep your students’ families in the loop with information and resources their child needs to be successful: Tomorrow Ready Texas. Tomorrow Ready Texas delivers parents and guardians trusted information, milestones, and deadlines tailored to their child’s plan for life after high school.  

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Topics: Webinar, Students and Families, College and Career Readiness Resources

Khan Academy SAT Prep for Students

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Jan 22, 2021 12:45:28 PM

When bluebonnets carpet Texas roadsides, it's time for many juniors to make plans to take the SAT. Given the impact an SAT score can have on admission decisions and scholarships, we want to ensure that students are as ready as possible when test day comes. That's where Khan Academy SAT prep comes in.

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Topics: Applying to College, Students and Families, High School, Entrance Exams

Webinar: Exploring Endorsements with Families

Posted by Allison Rizzolo, Texas OnCourse on Dec 14, 2020 6:17:11 PM

Endorsements have been around for a few years now, but they can still be a challenging concept to explain to students and their families. Fortunately, there are lots of resources on endorsements and academic planning to help you!

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Topics: Middle School, Webinar, Endorsements, Educators, Students and Families, College and Career Readiness Resources

High School Endorsements: The Basics

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Sep 22, 2020 2:50:46 PM

What are endorsements? 

For parents and guardians, hearing that their eighth grader will have to select an endorsement can be confusing. After all, when today’s adults were in school, such a thing didn’t exist!

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Topics: Middle School, Endorsements, Educators, Students and Families

College Planning during COVID: Texas College Virtual Tours

Posted by Rose Frezza, Texas OnCourse on Sep 8, 2020 3:12:55 PM

Gone are the days when students and their families (or entire classes!) waltzed casually onto college campuses for carefree, in-person visits. While in-person visits haven’t been entirely wiped off the map, many students and families are finding comfort and security in the online college visit process. What’s more, virtual college visits are less cost prohibitive and can be done from the comfort of home with fairly little planning. So let’s talk about Texas college virtual tours – what options major schools are offering, and how your students can get in on the from-home fun!

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Topics: College Planning, Coronavirus, Students and Families