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October Edition of Your Bottom Line Now Available

In partnership with UCanGo2, the Oklahoma College Assistance Program 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 month.


FAFSA Update

If you plan to complete the 2022-23 FAFSA, you’ll want to note some potential adjustments that may be required due to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Tax filers who received unemployment benefits in 2020 and filed taxes prior to March 11, 2021, will have a higher Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on their original tax record compared to those who filed (or amended) a 2020 tax return after the enaction of the ARP. This can have a significant effect on your financial aid eligibility. Read more here to determine if you’ll be required to adjust your AGI on the FAFSA.


COVID-19: Financial Aid and Student Loan Updates

If you’re looking for free up-to-the-minute guidance on federal student loans and financial aid during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, visit StudentAidPandemic.org and https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.


The FAFSA is Here!

The 2022-23 FAFSA is here! Here are a few tips you can share with your students.

This year students can access the FAFSA by visiting StudentAid.gov. 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 2022-23 FAFSA allows applicants to use 2020 tax information, families can use their 2020 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 StudentAid.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.

The new FAFSA filing date is October 1. Learn more at Start With FAFSA dot org.

The new FAFSA is available. Learn more at StartWithFAFSA.org

 

College App Week 2021: What You Need to Know

Objective

CAW 2021 is a nationwide effort to encourage and assist students as they navigate the college application process, thereby increasing college enrollments and bolstering success for all who dream of pursuing higher education.

Dates

Oklahoma’s CAW will be held September 20-24, 2021.

CAW 2019 logo with dates, September 23 through 27.

Can’t do it then? Just schedule your CAW for any week this fall through the month of November. You can tell us the week you’ve chosen when you register your school, and we’ll send you posters and an "I Applied" sticker for every participating senior.

Register Now button.

Resources

Visit OKCollegeAppWeek.org to find all of the great resources you need to help you get started.

Event Coordinator Packet

Student Packet

Volunteer Packet

 


 

Free College Planning Resources

As spring draws near, why not use UCanGo2's free college planning resources to educate your students about finding scholarships, completing the FAFSA, visiting a college campus or doing some career exploration before the end of the school year?

We have numerous publications to assist your students with every aspect of the transition from high school to college. Check out these materials:

 


 

Thank you for another great College App Week!

College App Week 2019, September 23 through 27.College Application Week (CAW) is an annual, nationwide event that provides an opportunity for high school seniors, especially those who have never considered college or will be the first in their families to attend college, to receive hands-on assistance from knowledgeable volunteers while completing their college applications.

CAW 2020 was a great success! More than 90 high schools and colleges registered, over 2,500 students participated and over 3,000 college applications were completed—and those applications went to 140 colleges in 34 states! This was all during an extremely challenging year! We applaud our high school educators, staff and students for an amazing effort last year!

Start Planning Now for CAW 2021

This year, Oklahoma’s CAW is scheduled for September 20-24. If those dates don’t fit into your busy fall schedule, no problem! Feel free to schedule your event for any week from September through November.

Are you concerned about having the time or resources to plan an entire week of college access activities? Once again, no problem! As long as you have at least one day during your CAW to give every high school senior a chance to submit one or more online college applications, you’ll be an active participant in this exciting statewide effort. Whether you’re planning a grand, five-day College App Week or one College App Day, we have all the free resources you need to plan and host your event.

Perhaps you’ve held regular activities in the past that meet the objective of College App Week. If you promote any college application activities this fall, we’d love for you to register your event with us so we can combine your efforts with others in our great state to let Oklahoma shine! The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) has challenged us to reach an enrollment of 100 or more schools and organizations for CAW 2021. We’re SURE we’ve had that many—and even more—participate in the past, but if you haven’t registered your event with us, we have no way of knowing what you’ve been up to!

Visit OKCollegeAppWeek.org to register your school or organization for CAW 2021 and to see the resources that are available to help you plan a successful CAW. Simply click the Register Now button on the CAW home page to enroll. Your registration will ensure that you receive your free supplies, including promotional posters and an “I APPLIED” sticker for each participating senior.

Start planning now for CAW 2021. We’re looking forward to another great campaign!

For more information, contact Letha Huddleston at lhuddleston@ocap.org or 405.234.4345.

 




Upcoming Events

Due to COVID-19 concerns, some events may be cancelled or postponed. Please check with the program coordinator to verify.

October

October 11: Oklahoma Native American Day

October 11: Columbus Day

October 13-15: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Conference on Educational Leadersip, Dallas, TX

October 16: Boss' Day

October 23: ACT Test Date

October 24-25: OSRHE Student Prep Conference, Shangri-La Resort, Afton

October 26: OSRHE Student Prep Counselor Virtual Desk Retreat

October 27-28: OSRHE Student Prep Conference, Quartz Mountain State Park, Lone Wolf

October 28: Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Conference, Midwest City


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November

November 1: National Scholarship Month Begins

November 2-3: OSRHE Student Prep Conference, Long Lake Resort, Poteau

November 3-5: Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWASFAA) Conference, Albuquerque, NM

November 3-5: Oklahoma Works Partners Conference, Oklahoma City

November 4-5: Oklahoma School Counselor Association (OSCA) Conference, Tulsa

November 4-6: Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE) conference, Louisville, KY

November 6: SAT Test Date

November 7: Daylight Savings Time ends

November 7-8: OSRHE Student Prep Conference, Chickasaw Conference Center, Sulphur

November 9: Jump$tart Financial Education in Oklahoma Conference

November 10: OSRHE Student Prep Elementary Counselor Virtual Desk Retreat

November 11: Veterans Day

November 13-16: National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) conference, Atlanta/Hybrid

November 17: OSRHE Student Prep Counselor Virtual Desk Retreat

November 25: Thanksgiving Day, OCAP Offices Closed

November 26: OCAP Offices Closed


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