Local initiatives help empower Texas students and parents to navigate the college-going process and provide the resources that counselors, advisors, and schools need to more comprehensively support their students. TxCAN has developed a central location for members within our network to share resources so that can be accessed by all, and will continue to update and add more resources as they become available.
Review the resources below and feel free to contact us with any of your questions.
Texas Completes the FAFSA
Federal Student Aid Presents 2017-2018 FAFSA Updates and Outreach Plan
2017-2018 FAFSA Updates
FAFSA Communication Strategy
FAFSA Enhancement & Important Dates
Financial Aid Toolkit and Resources
View and download full presentation here: August 2016 Texas Completes the FAFSA
Below are links to resources and presentations shared at the Statewide Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) meeting hosted on October 14, 2015.
Below are links to resources and presentations shared at the Statewide Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) meeting hosted on June 19, 2015.
Below are links to resources and presentations shared at the Statewide Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) meeting hosted on March 31, 2015.
RESOURCE GUIDE FOR COLLEGE ACCESS: ADVISING DREAMERS IN THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
From our partners at RGV Focus: We are excited to share an online version of the Resource Guide for College Access: Advising DREAMers in the Rio Grande Valley. This resource is intended as a self-help tool for high school counselors and other college access professionals advising DREAMers. The guide includes information on how to counsel undocumented students through the college application and financial aid processes.
GenTX College Application Week: November 16-21, 2015
The American Council on Education is pleased to provide a home to the American College Application Campaign, a multi-state effort to increase college access through dissemination of ideas, development of practices, and technical assistance for implementation of a College Application Campaign event.
This manual gives an overview of American College Application Campaign and particularly its efforts to assist states and US territories as each implements a College Application Campaign event. This manual is intended for high school site coordinators, typically school counselors or assistant principals, as they plan and implement a College Application Campaign event at their school.
EPCC has Out Paced the State by 9% for the Past 2 Year
Postsecondary access has been a barrier for students because of the cost of tuition and complexity of the financial aid application process. To address this concern, the University of Texas El Paso and the El Paso Community College established a partnership to host FAFSA Nights. Since the partnerships inception in 1986, FAFSA Nights has provided assistance for students completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Form.
The FAFSA partnership has grown to include The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, Howard Payne University, Kaplan College, Western Technical and area school districts. To eliminate the financial hurdles for parents and students, the FAFSA workshop not only includes assistance with the FAFSA completion, but they have added tax services assistance.
RGV FOCUS is excited to share an online version of the RGV FOCUS TASFA Counselors’ Toolkit. The Toolkit is intended to help guidance and career counselors to better assist undocumented high school students through the college planning process.
Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) is excited to share the 2014 Financial Aid Workshop Planning Guide created by the Commit! Partnership and the Texas College Access Network-North Texas. This guide was created to provide you with step-by-step instruction for initiating the planning and implementation of a Financial Aid Workshop on your campus or within your community.
GENTX DECISION DAY RESOURCES
Decision Day Videos
FLOTUS 2016 College Signing Day Video:
Celebrity College Signing Day Videos:
SUPPORTING POSTSECONDARY STUDENT SUCCESS: A TACTICAL GUIDEBOOK
The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) releases tactical guidebook that explains how community sectors work together to ensure that all students succeed in college and go on to high-quality employment. Use this guidebook to learn more about how different communities target supports to underserved student populations to eliminate equity gaps in student retention and success. This guidebook was informed by IHEP’s work with the Lumina Community Partnerships for Attainment.
GET SCHOOLED COLLEGE TEXT HOTLINE
To ensure more young people have access to the information they need to go to college, Get Schooled is expanding its College Text Hotline, a free service utilizing text messaging capabilities to offer financial aid and general support to students. Any student in the U.S. can text 335577 to get their questions around financial aid answered by Get Schooled’s team of experts.
If you’re interested in receiving free materials, fill out the form found at the link here.
Supplies are limited!
NCAN FAFSA EVENT PLANNING RESOURCES
On May 10, Federal Student Aid will implement a new login process for our student- and borrower-based websites, including the FAFSA, the National Student Loan Data System, StudentLoans.gov, StudentAid.gov, and the TEACH Grant website. The new FSA ID, which will comprise a user-selected username and password, will replace the Federal Student Aid PIN as the process by which students, parents, and borrowers authenticate their identity to access their federal student aid information.
FAFSA Application Demo
Username: eddemo Password: fafsatest