Updates to the Texas OnCourse Academy Modules

Posted by Texas OnCourse on Sep 16, 2020 4:38:32 PM

We have made some significant updates to modules in the Texas OnCourse Academy! The Academy is our premiere college and career planning resource for educators. 

The following Academy modules have recently been updated. These updates include new information related to COVID-19, revisions to career clusters, and information about FAFSA related to HB3. We’ve also updated a number of PDF downloads in the modules as well. Be sure to review these changes for any critical information to pass along to your students!

Module Name Description of Update(s)
Career Clusters, Endorsements, and Pathways

Added content about the revised Texas framework of 14 career clusters that better reflect the state's diverse economic landscape and evolving needs.

Added content about the approved CTE programs of study, which go into effect for the 20–21 academic year. 

Several resources have been adjusted according to the new framework: 

  • Endorsements, Career Clusters, and Programs of Study
  • Career Clusters and Careers
  • Career Cluster Exploration Resources
  • Career Cluster Selection Resources
  • Questions to Help Students Choose a Career Cluster
  • Relating Career Clusters to Career Pathways 
  • Public Service Endorsement, Career Clusters, and Pathways
  • Endorsements and Career Clusters
Transition Services for Students with Disabilities Replaced broken links and updated content to align with the Texas Workforce Commission and WINTAC. Added a resource to support practicing self-advocacy as it relates to requesting job accommodations.
TSIA Added content about the upcoming launch of the TSIA2.
College Finances

Added content to reflect language change by higher education institutions, from "financial aid award letter" to "financial aid offer notice/letter."

Adjusted language to reflect language change by US Department of Education, from “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet” to “College Financing Plan.”

Basic Principles of Postsecondary Pathways Added COVID-19 content and resources to the module introduction.
Basic Principles of Financial Aid Added COVID-19 content and resources to the module introduction.
SAT Added COVID-19 updates and resources released by the College Board.
ACT Added COVID-19 updates and resources released by ACT.
ApplyTexas Updated content regarding application fee waivers. Updated links and content related to the Counselor Reporting Suite and Practice Accounts.
Common App Added COVID-19 information released by Common App. Updated links.
TASFA Add COVID-19 content regarding financial aid and best practices that can help guide students and families during this time. Updated DACA content to reflect recent memo released by the Department of Homeland Security. Added content and resources related to tax transcripts and tax filing.

Updated content and resources throughout, including content related to HB3, the financial aid application graduation requirement that will go into effect during the 2021–22 academic school year. Updated and new resources include:

  • What Financial Aid Application Should Students Choose?
  • Did You Know Completing a Financial Aid Application Is Becoming a Graduation Requirement?
  • FAFSA Renewal Steps
  • Who’s My Parent When I Fill Out My Financial Aid Application?
NCAA and NAIA Eligibility Centers Added ACT COVID-19 updates and resources released by the NCAA and NAIA.

To ensure you're doing everything you can to help your students stay on track for college and career during COVID-19, check out our comprehensive educator guide.

Topics: Applying to College, College Planning, Financial Aid, Texas OnCourse Academy