October Edition of Your Bottom Line Now Available
In partnership with UCanGo2, Oklahoma Money Matters (OKMM) publishes a monthly 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 Here!
The 2019–20 FAFSA is here! Here are a few tips you can share with your students.
This year students can access the FAFSA by visiting FAFSA.gov or by using the NEW myStudentAid mobile app. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to ensure priority consideration for some types of financial aid. It’s best to gather all necessary materials before starting the FAFSA. Since the 2019–20 FAFSA allows applicants to use 2017 tax information, families can use their 2017 return to complete the application right away! There's no need to wait.
To complete and submit the FAFSA online, students and one of their parents/guardians will each need to create an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) at FSAID.ed.gov . This username/password serves as an electronic signature on the FAFSA and certain student loan applications, and allows them to access other federal student aid websites. It’s beneficial for families to create their FSA IDs before starting the FAFSA to speed up the application process. Visit UCanGo2.org to download an FSA ID Worksheet (in English and Spanish) to keep track of your information.
For more information and FAFSA resources, including educational tools and tutorial videos in English and Spanish, visit StartWithFAFSA.org.
Join Us at OCAP's Counselor Connect Workshop
The Oklahoma College Assistance Program (OCAP) is offering three Oklahoma Counselor Connect workshops. This workshop will provide an update regarding tools and resources available to support your efforts in educating students and parents as they prepare for higher education. The Oklahoma Counselor Connect workshop takes the place of the National Training for Counselors and Mentors (NT4CM), which has been discontinued.
This workshop's topics include:
- Updates to FAFSA.gov and the new Oklahoma FAFSA Data Portal (OK-FDP)
- UCanGo2.org and StartWithFAFSA.org college planning resources
- Oklahoma’s Promise
- College App Week (CAW)
- New OKcollegestart.org features (including ICAP)
- Financial literacy through Oklahoma Money Matters (OKMM)
- The latest news on Undocumented Students
To register, click your preferred date below.
Time to Register for College App Week!
College Application Week (CAW) 2018 is a nationwide effort to assist students as they navigate the college application process, giving them an opportunity to submit college applications with the help of knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Oklahoma’s CAW will be held September 17-21, 2018. Can’t do it then? Just schedule your CAW for any week this fall through the month of November.
So far, more than half of those who have enrolled this year are participating in CAW for the first time! Once all of our regular participants have enrolled, we have the potential of enrolling well over 100 high schools, technology centers, libraries and community centers for this important event!
If your school/organization hasn’t registered yet, take a few minutes to see what CAW is all about by listening to what these Oklahoma counselors have to say about College App Week (YouTube) and by visiting OKCollegeAppWeek.org . Be sure to investigate the three different sections (Students, Event Coordinators and Volunteers) of the website to see all of the amazing free planning resources that are available.
To assist you in planning and implementing your CAW, we’ve set up three conference calls. Click on one of the links below to register for the call of your choice.
Questions? Please feel free to contact Letha Huddleston at 405.234.4345.
2017 College Application Week Results & Call for Photos
We’re pleased to announce the results of our statewide 2017 College Application Week (CAW) efforts. The following numbers represent all schools registered for the CAW 2017 sponsored by the Oklahoma College Assistance Program and OK GEAR UP program!
- Number of participating high schools: 91
- Number of students who completed college applications: 6,281
- Number of colleges to which students applied: 284, representing 41 states and six countries
We saw a tremendous increase over CAW 2016, and we’re looking forward to an even bigger CAW this year! Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to our students.
Do you have any photos or video footage from your College App Week that you’d like to share?
We’d like to showcase your CAW activities in our next promotion video for CAW 2018. To submit your photos or video footage, email them to Landis Tindell at email@example.com.
If you provide photos or video footage, we’re required to make sure that release forms are signed for the students who appear in the images you send.
- Use the Email Consent and Release form if you can verify that every student and parent in the images has signed a blanket form granting permission for their image to be used for publicity, according to your school’s policy. One representative of your school who has authority to give consent for us to use the images and/or video footage must send the form to Landis Tindell.
- Use the Consent and Release form if there is no blanket form granting permission to use a student’s or parent’s image for publicity. Each student and parent in the images should sign his/her own form. If the student is under the age of 18, a parent must also sign. Consent and Release forms signed by individual students/parents can be scanned and emailed to Landis Tindell or faxed to Letha Huddleston at 405.234.4390.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
The Oklahoma FAFSA Data Portal is Available!
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and the Oklahoma College Assistance Program (OCAP) are now offering the Oklahoma FAFSA Data Portal (OK-FDP), a free online tool to help counselors, principals and mentors better assist their high school seniors successfully complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
By giving authorized individuals from Oklahoma school districts access to student-level information on FAFSA completion status, the OK-FDP will allow educators to provide more targeted assistance to their students. This is instrumental in increasing FAFSA completion rates – especially among first-generation students pursuing postsecondary education. Learn more and get started here!
July 2: Postmark deadline for Oklahoma’s Promise
July 9: Engage Oklahoma Education Conference, Ada High School
July 10: Engage Oklahoma Education Conference, Owasso High School
July 11: Engage Oklahoma Education Conference, Bartlesville High School
July 12: Engage Oklahoma Education Conference, Norman North High School
July 17: Engage Oklahoma Education Conference, Durant High School
July 18: Engage Oklahoma Education Conference, Duncan High School
July 19: Engage Oklahoma Education Conference, Woodward High School
July 14–17: American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Conference, Los Angeles
July 19–20: American College Access Campaign (ACAC) National Convening, Washington, D.C.
July 23–24: Oklahoma College Day/Night Coordination Committee (OCD/NCC) Conference, Sulphur
July 31: Deadline for 2018 Summer Savings Adventure Sweepstakes (Visit www.ok4saving.org for more information.)
August 1–2: Oklahoma Career Tech Conference, Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City
August 28: College Application Week Conference Call—contact Letha Huddleston at firstname.lastname@example.org
August 28: Regional Counselor Fair, Lawton
August 29: Regional Counselor Fair, Edmond
August 30: Regional Counselor Only Fair, McAlester
August 31: Regional Counselor Only Fair, Broken Arrow