College Access & Success Friends,

Just think, last year at this time you were just beginning your FAFSA activities and this year, you have already collectively helped 8,681 Dallas County seniors complete their FAFSA applications! To meet the county goal of 48%, 4,579 more seniors need to complete an application.

Thank you for putting in all the hours you already have – even over your winter break. There are about 9 weeks until the state priority deadline for financial aid. As you come into the second semester, you have likely already gone through many rounds of outreach to your students.

What did the first semester of FAFSA work reveal to you? How are you applying those lessons to your second semester plans? Now that families are beginning to do their 2016 taxes, remind them that 2015 income information should still be used on FAFSA.

Keep digging deep – your work is demanding, but so impactful. And if you need a partner to brainstorm with, I’m here!

Week 14 Dallas County FAFSA Updates:

As of week 14, 8,681 (31%) of Dallas County seniors have completed their FAFSA. For comparison, last year 8,664 (31%) had completed FAFSA at this time.

Click here for the December 30 summary presentation.

Shout Outs:

7 out of 15 districts have more completions in week 14 this year than you did in week 14 last year.

Uplift Education, DeSoto and Irving ISD have the three highest year over year increase in their completion rates!

24 Campuses have met or exceeded the county-wide goal of 48%. See this presentation for list.

Week 14 Regional Comparisons:

Thanks to Educate Texas!

As of December 9th:

31% of Texas seniors completed the FAFSA up one percentage point from the previous year in week 14.

29% of Dallas County seniors completed FAFSA up four percentage points from the previous year in week 14.

Region 10 had 27% FAFSA completion rate, the 6th highest regional completion rate in the state in week 14. The top three regional completion rates in the state were from RGV (33%), Austin (32%) and San Antonio (30%).

Community Announcements:

  • Talking About Race in the Classroom: Registration is open for Jan. 21 training for educators committed to racial justice in Dallas: http://bddy.me/2jcKu1T. Strengthen your analysis of how racism manifests itself in educational settings and learn how to use tools to address race and racism in the classroom.
  • 2017 Southwestern Regional College Board Forum: Houston, TX February 22-24. Early bird pricing ends January 20. Register online at: www.southwesternforum.collegeboard.org.
  • Dallas County Texting: Know seniors or parents that could use an extra nudge in completing college application tasks? Have them text their district name to (972) 992-1681 Visit youcanaffordcollege.org/dallascountytexting for promotional info.
  • org: Don’t forget about this useful website for help with promoting FAFSA completion including posters, social media, and toolkits.
  • National College Access Network members: Check your latest newsletter for webinars and Spring Training on Advising Students on College and Career Readiness.
  • Foundation for CHOICE Workshops: Workshops are free of charge and open to all students.
    • January 12th: Money Matters from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Lochwood Branch Library Classroom A
    • January 18th: Communication Skills from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at North Oak Cliff Library
    • January 26th: Resume Tips from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Lochwood Branch Library Classroom A
    • January 31st: Career Attack from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at Dallas West Library

Be sure to keep up to date on www.YouCanAffordCollege.org for resources, scholarships, and events.

Keep up the good work!

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