College Access & Success Advocates –
Please see below for information on the following:

  • Week 31 FAFSA Update
  • Summer Programs + Events
  • Scholarships
  • Professional Development
  • Programs to Know About
  • 50% FAFSA Club
  • FAFSA reports- previous weeks
Week 31 FAFSA Update:
CONGRATS! 14,177 (51%)* of Dallas County seniors have completed the FAFSA as of April 28. This is 4,411 more seniors with complete applications compared to where you all were April 28 last year.To see a county and district-by-district breakdown of the data, click here.
To see a campus-by-campus breakdown, click here.

Shout Outs:

  • In 10 out of 15 districts, more than half of seniors have completed FAFSA applications.
  • DeSoto and Duncanville ISD have the highest year over year increase in their completion rates!
  • 63 campuses have exceeded the countywide goal of 48%.
  • 66 out of 104 high school campuses had at least one additional student complete from April 21 to April 28.

Takeaways from Week 31 Data:

You have met and exceeded not just this year’s FAFSA goal, but our overall goal for 2018! As of April 28, 51% of Dallas County seniors have completed FAFSA applications. if you recall, last year only 43% of seniors had completed a FAFSA as of July 1.

Your hard work in informing students about changes to FAFSA and continuing to work with students (despite IRS data retrieval tool issues) have resulted in 4,411 more seniors completing FAFSA this year as of April 28 compared to last year. And that number will only continue to grow!

We’re celebrating with you. But, there is one small catch. The Department of Education began including FAFSA completions from 19-year-old students as of April 14 (previously only students 18 and under were counted in the ED reports). Because the Department of Education widened the pool of students they are counting in their reports, it resulted in a bump in completion rates starting with the April 14 report. Read more here.

*Note: The Commit! report uses the publicly available Department of Education data, which is often slightly lower than the individual student data advisors see on their ApplyTX Counselor Suite portal. Unless provided by district, percentages are calculated using 2017 senior class estimates.

Financial Aid Updates & Resources

  • Verification Exceptions: The U.S. Department of Education announced changes to the documentation required to complete verification. Colleges and universities are no longer required to collect tax transcripts or verification of non-filer forms as part of the process. They can now accept alternative documentation for both of these requirements. Please check with individual financial aid offices to see if they updated their processes in light of this announcement. Thank you to NCAN for keeping us informed!
  • TG has new TASFA training videos: Visit their website for more information. Direct link to videos are here.
Summer Programs + Events:
  • May 13 – Las Llaves del Exito + I decided!: Recognition day for college bound seniors; geared towards middle and high school students and college freshmen. More info here.
  • Due May 15 – College Board Collegiance Contest: Seniors who have made their college decisions using the hashtag #collegiance can receive money for college and other prizes based off the creativity with which they announce their decisions. Dallas ISD seniors should also use #DallasISDgoestoCollege. More info here.
  • May 15 – Dreamers without Borders: Leadership opportunity open to DACA recipients, US permanent residents and US citizens of Mexican origin between the ages of 21 and 30. More info here.
  • May 19 – Dallas Opportunity and Job Fair: The Dallas Opportunity and Job Fair is open to everyone needing help with job and/or educational search. More info here.
  • Due May 20 – Eagle Scholars University Summer Program Internship: Design For Change Internship for college students (sophomore and above) to identify and attempt to change issues in their neighborhoods. Eight weeks, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, M-F, starting May 30 – July 31. More info here.
  • DCCCD Summer Camps: at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, Mountain View and Richland will offer classes from art to tae kwon do, science to soccer, and music to Minecraft for a variety of prices on schedules that fit both parents’ and children’s needs. More info here.
  • Due May 30 – Azily Scholarship: This $1,000 scholarship is open for students in Marketing, Communications, Business or IT. More info here.
  • Due May 31 – Friends of Wednesday’s Child College Scholarship: Open to foster youth with college or university acceptance in CPS Region 3. More info here.
  • Due August 1 – Medler Law Firm: For rising seniors in high school or recent Law School applicants. $1,000; essay required. More info here.
  • Due August 1 – Peer Finance 101: $1,000 scholarship available to new and current college students. Application requires a 500-word essay. More info here.
  • Due August 31 – Benson & Bingham First Annual Scholarship: Open to students admitted into law school. Award is a one-time $2,000 payment to the school of choice. More info here.
  • Due November 1 – Emotional Support Animal Co.: $500 scholarship open to students suffering from any kind of mental illness. 800-word essay required. More info here.
  • Due April 1, 2018 – Be-Art Presets Scholarship: Scholarship available to undergrad, graduate or high school seniors for $5,000. Must submit application form and 1500-word essay. More info here.
Professional Development:
  • June 29 – Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Austin, TX Professional Development conference open to high school counselors and college advisors, as well as educators. More info here.
  • College Board 2018 Regional Forum: To create a conversation about innovative educational programs, best educational practices and to celebrate creative partnerships in our region. More info here.
Program to Know About:
  • Low-Cost Immunizations: Low-cost immunizations, including meningitis shots, which are required for college, available to residents of Dallas County and students who are 18 years of age and younger. There are 12 Youth and Family Center locations across Dallas. More info here.
  • Per Scholas Program: For adults with a high school diploma or equivalent interested in a career in IT. 10-week training that runs from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm, M-F. More info here.
  • TeachDFW Talk to a Teacher (T2T): The TeachDFW Campaign recently launched the Talk to a Teacher (T2T) program to support its goal to elevate the teaching profession and increase the number of diverse applicants to high-quality teacher preparation programs. Talk to a Teacher connects students considering the profession to current teachers and school leaders who are passionate about promoting the profession and providing guidance. Please share this opportunity with students who you know are interested in the teaching profession, or who you think would be great educators, and encourage them to sign-up at and participate. Visit for more info.
  • Strong Schools Strong Dallas: Dallas ISD cut its budget by more than $20M last year and is facing even more severe cuts next year and beyond. These cuts will continue to force the district to make tough choices, even though we know our kids need more support not less. The Strong Schools Strong Dallas coalition has formed in response and includes a diverse and growing group of organizations, including Commit, Alliance AFT, Texas Organizing Project, Faith In Texas, NAACP, LULAC, SOC Alumni, and others from across the city. For more information visit
50% FAFSA Club:
The following high schools have at least half of their seniors with complete FAFSA applications as of April 28:

  • A Maceo Smith New Tech HS
  • A+ Academy
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
  • Booker T Washington
  • Bryan Adams HS
  • Cedar Hill Collegiate HS
  • Cedar Hill HS
  • Coppell HS
  • David W Carter HS
  • DeSoto HS
  • Dubiski Career HS
  • Duncanville HS
  • Early College HS
  • Emmett J Conrad HS
  • Grand Prairie Fine Arts
  • Hampton Prep
  • Harmony School of Nature & Athletics
  • Heights Prep
  • Horn HS
  • International Leadership of Texas
  • Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • Irving HS
  • Jack E Singley Academy
  • James Madison HS
  • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
  • Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy
  • Lancaster HS
  • Life School of Oak Cliff
  • Lincoln HS
  • Luna Prep
  • MacArthur HS
  • Mesquite Academy
  • Middle College HS
  • Molina HS
  • Naaman Forest HS
  • North Hills Prep
  • Peak Prep
  • Pinkston HS
  • Ranchview HS
  • Richardson HS
  • Richland Collegiate HS
  • Rosie Sorrells Education and Social Services
  • Rowlett HS
  • School for Talented and Gifted
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • Seagoville HS
  • South Grand Prairie HS
  • Summit Prep
  • Sunnyvale HS
  • Trini Garza ECHS
  • Universal Academy Irving
  • WT White HS
  • Williams Prep
  • Wilmer-Hutchins HS
Keep up the good work!