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.
August 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.
The FAFSA is Here!
The 2020-21 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 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 2020-21 FAFSA allows applicants to use 2018 tax information, families can use their 2018 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.
College App Week 2020: What You Need to Know
CAW 2020 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. Listen to what counselors had to say about previous CAWs:
If you’re unable to schedule a whole week for this event, focus on scheduling one or two days for your seniors to have access to school computers in order to complete their online college applications.
Oklahoma’s CAW will be held September 21-25, 2020.
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.
Visit OKCollegeAppWeek.org to find all of the great resources you need to help you get started.
Event Coordinator Packet
- Planning Materials
- Site Coordinator Checklists
- Suggested Events
- Promotional Materials
- Answers to Know for College Applications
- Admission Tips
- Sample Essay Questions
- Comparing Colleges
- What’s Next?
- Task List
- Sign-in Sheet
- Links to Oklahoma’s Higher Ed Institutions
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 2018-2019 materials:
- Are You Looking for Money?
- FAFSA Facts
- College Planning Checklists for grades 9-12
- Your Transition to College
- UCanGo2 High School Student Workbook
Thank you for another great College App Week!
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 2019 was a great success! More than 70 high schools and colleges registered, over 4,000 students participated and almost 5,400 college applications were completed—and those applications went to 140 colleges in 34 states!
Start Planning Now for CAW 2020
This year, Oklahoma’s CAW is scheduled for September 21-25. 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 2019. 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 2019 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 2020. We’re looking forward to another great campaign!
For more information, contact Letha Huddleston at email@example.com or 405.234.4345.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, some events may be cancelled or postponed. Please check with the program coordinator to verify.