November/December Edition of Your Bottom Line Now Available
In partnership with UCanGo2, Oklahoma Money Matters (OKMM) publishes a bimonthly newsletter called Your Bottom Line, featuring news and resources for students, consumers, campus professionals, counselors and community partners. Check out the latest edition for timely information about personal finance, college planning and student loan management. To stay up-to-date, sign up to receive Your Bottom Line every other month.
The FAFSA is Coming!
The new FAFSA is almost here! The 2018-19 FAFSA will become available on Oct. 1. Here are a few tips you can share with your students to help them get ready.
The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to ensure priority consideration for some types of financial aid. Students can prepare by gathering their information now. Since the 2018-19 FAFSA requires applicants to use 2016 tax information, they can use their 2016 return to complete the application at FAFSA.gov right away! There will be no need to wait.
Also, to complete and submit the FAFSA online, students and one of their parents/guardians will each need to create a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) at FSAID.ed.gov. This username/password serves as a signature on the FAFSA and student loan applications, and allows them to access other federal aid websites. It’s beneficial for families to create their FSA IDs before starting the FAFSA form at FAFSA.gov to speed up the application process.
For more information and FAFSA resources, including educational tools and tutorial videos in English and Spanish, visit StartWithFAFSA.org.
UCanGo2’s 2017-18 High School Counselor Toolkits are in the Mail
Your new UCanGo2 High School Counselor Toolkit is ready, and it’s better than ever!
Our outreach team here at the Oklahoma College Assistance Program (OCAP) works hard to support your efforts to educate students and parents as they plan, prepare and pay for college. The 2017-18 High School Counselor Toolkit is designed with your specific needs in mind. Whether you have two hours or five minutes, there's something inside the kit to help you educate families about preparing for college and completing the FAFSA.
When you open your kit, you will find two separately packaged sets of materials.
The College Planning Toolkit includes:
- 2017-18 High School Student Workbook flyer
- 2017-18 High School Instructor's Guide
- "A Plan of Action" to help you make the most of UCanGo2 tools throughout the year
- Helpful handouts for students
- UCanGo2 promotional materials
- Are You Looking for Money? booklet
- Your Transition to College brochure
- A new Spanish flyer with information about planning for college, finding scholarships and completing the FAFSA
- Oklahoma FAFSA Data Portal flyer
- College App Week flyer
- OKcollegestart flyer with information regarding ICAP (Individual Career Academic Plan)
- Information about Oklahoma Money Matters, OCAP’s personal finance education initiative
The FAFSA Toolkit includes:
- A two-sided poster for high schools and colleges
- Event planning tools
- Finish the FAFSA in Five Steps brochure
- FAFSA Facts flyer
- And much more!
Most of our publications are available for download and printing from our website, including all of our middle school tools and publications, which are provided exclusively online. Resources for students and parents can be found on the Publications page at UCanGo2.org. Resources for instructors, such as talking points, worksheets, best practices and more, can be found in the Educators and Publications sections at UCanGo2.org.
Important: Call for Contacts
If you received a High School Counselor Toolkit last year, you're already on our mailing list and should receive your kit in about a week. In an effort to keep a current contact database, we're asking all those on our mailing list to please submit your current contact information. The information generated from this call-for-contacts will be used as the primary database for future mailouts. Completing this quick survey will allow us to send materials to the correct person at your school.
Thank you for helping us better serve you. Here's to a fantastic new school year!
September 1: National College Savings Month Begins
September 5: Regional College Fairs begin (visit GoToCollegeFairs.com for list of fairs)
September 6: Student Prep Workshop, Miami, OK
September 7: Student Prep Workshop, Broken Arrow
September 8: Counselor Only Fair, Woodward
September 8: Student Prep Workshop, OKC
September 9: ACT Test Date
September 11 -13: National College Access Network (NCAN) Conference, San Diego, CA
September 12: Student Prep Workshop, Wilburton
September 13: Student Prep Workshop, Ada
September 14: Student Prep Workshop, Ardmore
September 14-16: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) Conference, Boston, MA
September 17: Constitution & Citizenship Day (required observance for all Title IV schools)
September 18-22: Oklahoma College Application Week, 2017
September 20: Student Prep Workshop, Woodward
September 21: Student Prep Workshop, Enid
September 22: NT4CM Counselor Workshop, OKC
September 26: Student Prep Workshop, Altus
September 27: NT4CM Counselor Workshop, Tulsa
September 28: NT4CM Counselor Workshop, Weatherford
September 29: NT4CM Counselor Workshop, Ardmore
October 2: Regional College Fairs Continue (visit GoToCollegeFairs.com for schedule)
October 4: OKCollegeStart Workshop, OKC
October 5: OKCollegeStart Workshop, Tulsa
October 7: SAT Test Date
October 2: Child Health Day
October 8-9: OSRHE Counselor Retreat, Fin & Feather Resort, Gore
October 9-10: OSRHE Indian Ed Retreat, Fin & Feather Resort, Gore - register by contacting Matt Higdon at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 9: Columbus Day – OCAP offices open
October 12: OKCollegeStart Workshop, Lawton
October 16: Boss’s Day
October 26: OKCollege StartWorkshop, Shawnee
October 28: ACT Test Date
October 29-Nov 1: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Conference, Chicago, IL