Hello, College Access & Success Friends!
 
November is GenTX Financial Aid and College Application month. Click here to share your activities with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Commit!/Region 10. We want to help you promote and celebrate your successes!  
 
Always feel free to reach out to me (Sarah.Jensen@commit2dallas.org) as you plan. There are a wealth of resources for you to adapt that will save you time. Many of which are onhttp://www.youcanaffordcollege.org/counselor. We have also updated scholarship deadlines on our calendar and on social media for #TuitionTuesday.
 
Week 5: FAFSA Update for Dallas County
Keep up the great work! FAFSA completion rates are up across the county. As of October 28, week five in the 2017/18 cycle, 4,786 (17%) Dallas County seniors have completed their FAFSA. For comparison, in week five last year only 1,986 seniors had completed their applications. Our collective goal is for 48% (13,367) of Dallas County seniors to complete the FAFSA by July 1, 2017. Also notable are the 29 campuses with at least a quarter of their seniors who have completed FAFSA applications. See attached for a district by district view and the campuses with the highest growth compared to last week. The full spreadsheet of campuses is available by request.
 
#ThankfulForPell Campaign
Join the National College Access Network in showing your appreciation for the Pell Grant program. Write to Congress, share on social media, and spread the word! Templates available at collegeaccess.org/action.
 
New FAFSA Resources
  • Comprehensive FAFSA How-To Guide (English & Spanish) FAFSA: The How-To Guide (http://www.understandingfafsa.org/) is updated with the most common “Early FAFSA” questions of students and families in mind. The guide explains how the form works and continues with information on the verification process and how to compare college financial aid offers. Limited numbers of free print copies are available while supplies last: www.FreeFAFSAGuide.com
  • Federal Student Aid Webinars Bookmark the 2017-2018 Federal Student Aid (FSA) Webinars link to view and register for upcoming trainings. Topics include FAFSA demo, Special Circumstances, Student Loan Repayment, Homeless/Foster Youth and Financial Aid.
 
Other Resources and Training Opportunities
 
TCU Revises Financial Aid Priority Deadline
TCU moved their financial aid application priority deadline from March 15 to February 15 in an effort to provide a financial aid package to students not long after admission to the university. For other FAFSA/TASFA information and deadlines see: www.YouCanAffordCollege.org/counselor.
 
America Needs Talent: Attracting, Educating, & Deploying the 21st Century Workforce – Free eBook Download  
Limited number of free downloads of Lumina President & CEO’s new book. Jamie Merisotis offers his thoughts on what the government, private sector, education, and individuals can do to grow talent in America. Email Helen.Corey@commit2dallas.org to claim your download code.
 
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