College Access & Success Advocates,
CONGRATS! 14,938 (53%)* of Dallas County seniors have completed the FAFSA as of May 26. This is 4,176 more seniors with complete applications compared to where you all were May 26 last year.
Shout Outs:
In 12 out of 15 districts, more than half of seniors have completed FAFSA applications. DeSoto ISD and Uplift Education have the highest year over year increase in their completion rates! 77 campuses have exceeded the countywide goal of 48%.

To see a county and district-by-district breakdown of the data, click here.
To see a campus-by-campus breakdown, click here

Takeaways from Week 35 Data:
Your hard work has met and exceeded this year’s FAFSA goal and our goal for 2018! As of May 26, 53% of Dallas County seniors have completed FAFSA applications. Last year only 42% of seniors had completed a FAFSA as of July 1.

Your dedication, work and commitment to students resulted in 4,176 more seniors completing FAFSA this year as of May 26 than compared to last year as of May 26. And that number will only continue to grow! Additionally, 71 out of 103 high schools now have over 50% of their seniors completing the FAFSA.

*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 & Student Resources:
  • DCCCD’s EduCareer Expo: Application and Financial Aid Help – Information session for DISD’s 2017 graduates about DCCCD career certificate and degree programs and hands-on assistance with Financial Aid and applications to scholarship programs such as the Rising Star. Meningitis vaccinations will be available, as well as final HS transcripts. To be held at North Dallas HS.
  • FAFSA Verification Announcement: Several changes have been made to the verification requirements as a result of a change in the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. More information available here.
  • FAFSA ID Improvement Announcement: FAFSA has announced improvements to its user ID settings, such as making password reset safer and easier. More information found here.
  • Immigration Resources: Various tools for families to learn about SB4 and their rights within their homes. Includes resources for family preparedness and other tools for DACA families. More information here.
Scholarships:
  • Due June 16 – National RHCA Foundation Scholarship: Scholarship available to DFW seniors interested in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Information and application available here.
  • Due October 2 – The Hispanic Heritage Foundation: Now accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Award that acknowledges 2018 seniors for their accomplishments in the classroom and community. The award is in the form of a grant that goes towards college or a community based project. Open for DACA students as well. Application available here.
  • Due December 1 – Nurse Plus Academy Scholarship: This scholarship is available to students pursuing a degree in nursing. The funds can be used to cover exam and other licensure costs. More information found here.
Summer Programs & Events:
  • June 30 – Friends of Wednesday’s Child: Back to Class event open to Foster Children in CPS Region 3: each child will receive a backpack with supplies as well as school uniforms and shoes. Registration available here.
  • July 3 – Road Trip Nation: Application is open to any student enrolled in high school- students will dedicate several days in the months of October and November for travel in the Texas Region. Program will be filmed for documentary. More information available here.
  • July 10 – Summer ACT & SAT Prep Sessions: Upcoming juniors and seniors can take part in (free!) three weeklong ACT and SAT prep sessions during the weeks of July 10th, 17th and 24th. View session details and registration information here.
Training & Growth Programs:
  • Year Up: Applications are now open for the August cohort! Year Up offers skills development, corporate internships and courses eligible for college credit to low-income young adults ages 18-24. Application available here.
  • TeachDFW:Share the following information with students interested in teaching: Interested in education as a career? Receive access to information about teacher prep programs, scholarships and more! Chat with experienced teachers about their experiences and their career. Flyer is available here. Rise to the challenge and sign up for updates here.
Professional Development:
  • June 5 – Texas OnCourse Resource and Training Tools for Advisers:  Paid opportunity for college advisors and counselors to pilot test new resources and receive a stipend ($200) for their feedback. Space is limited and registration ends soon! Registration for this final pilot opens on July 1st. Get an alert when it opens by signing up to the interest list here here.
  • June 29 – 60x30TX Conference: Texas Higher Education Board is hosting a Professional Development Conference geared towards college access and success. This Conference intends to bridge secondary and post secondary education for the purposes of meeting Texas’ 60x30TX goal. Information found here.
  • June 30 – The College Board – Prepárate: Professional Development program that focuses on helping Latino students succeed in college. Prepárate is a platform where professionals can share their ideas- submit your proposals for discussion here
  • November 1-2 – Texas Prospect Summit: Conference available to stakeholders interested in improving student academic readiness and achievement, with a special focus on Pre-K-12th grade. Registration is $125. More information here.
Programs to Know About:
  • Per Scholas – July: This program offers free 10 week IT training that results in certification and an entry-level IT job placement. Classes begin every three months. Application is available here.
50% FAFSA Club:
The following high schools have at least half of their seniors with complete FAFSA applications as of May 26:

  • A Maceo Smith New Tech HS
  • A+ Academy
  • Alpha Charter School
  • Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
  • Berkner HS
  • Booker T Washington
  • Bryan Adams HS
  • Cedar Hill Collegiate HS
  • Cedar Hill HS
  • Coppell HS
  • Creekview HS
  • Crosswinds HS
  • Dallas CAN Academy at Carrollton-Farmers Branch
  • Dallas CAN Academy at Pleasant Grove
  • Dallas CAN Academy Charter
  • Dallas CAN Academy Charter – Oak Cliff
  • David W Carter HS
  • DeSoto HS
  • Dubiski Career HS
  • Duncanville HS
  • Early College HS
  • Emmett J Conrad HS
  • Evolution Academy Charter School
  • Faith Family Academy of Oak Cliff
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt HS
  • Garland HS
  • Gateway Charter Academy – Middle – HS
  • Grand Prairie Fine Arts
  • Grand Prairie HS
  • H Grady Spruce HS
  • Hampton Prep
  • Harmony School of Nature & Athletics
  • Harmony Science Academy – Dallas
  • Harmony Science Academy – Garland
  • Heights Prep
  • Highland Park HS
  • Hillcrest HS
  • Horn HS
  • International Leadership of Texas
  • Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
  • Irving HS
  • Jack E Singley Academy
  • James Madison HS
  • John A Dubiski Career HS
  • John Leslie Patton Jr. Academic Center
  • Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet
  • Justin F Kimball HS
  • Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy
  • LG Pinkston HS
  • Lake Highlands HS
  • Lakeview Centennial HS
  • Lancaster HS
  • Life School of Oak Cliff
  • Lincoln Humanities/Communications Magnet HS
  • Luna Prep
  • MacArthur HS
  • Mary E Smithey Pace HS
  • Mesquite Academy
  • Mesquite HS
  • Middle College HS
  • Molina HS
  • N Garland HS
  • Naaman Forest HS
  • New Tech HS at Coppell
  • Nimitz HS
  • North Dallas HS
  • North Mesquite HS
  • Peak Prep
  • Pearce HS
  • Pinkston HS
  • Pegasus Charter HS
  • Poteet HS
  • Ranchview HS
  • Richardson HS
  • Richland Collegiate HS
  • Rosie Sorrells Education and Social Services
  • Rowlett HS
  • S Garland HS
  • Sachse HS
  • School for Talented and Gifted
  • School of Business and Management
  • School of Health Professions
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • Seagoville HS
  • Skyline HS
  • Smith HS
  • South Grand Prairie HS
  • South Oak Cliff HS
  • Summit Prep
  • Sunnyvale HS
  • Sunset HS
  • Thomas Jefferson HS
  • Trinidad Garza Early College at Mountain View
  • Turner HS
  • Universal Academy Irving
  • Uplift Education-North Hills Prep HS
  • WH Adamson HS
  • WT White HS
  • WW Samuell HS
  • West Mesquite HS
  • Williams Prep
  • Wilmer-Hutchins HS
  • Winfree – Grand Prairie HS
  • Winfree – Irving HS
  • Winfree – Richardson HS
  • Woodrow Wilson HS

Keep up the good work!

Best,

Sarah Jensen
Director, College Access & Success
The Commit! Partnership
sarah.jensen@commit2dallas.org