Network Resources

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.

TxCAN Networking Meeting Resources, 9/28/16

Check out the TxCAN Networking Meeting Resources!

When: September 28, 2016

Location: Downtown Hotel Downtown, San Antonio, TX

Who: TxCAN Network

2017-2018 FAFSA Updates and Outreach Plan

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

Archived Statewide Meeting Resources

Below are links to resources and presentations shared at the Statewide Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) meeting hosted on October 14, 2015.

FAFSA Data by ESC Region
Region 1   Region 2  Region 4 (Corrected)  Region 10  Region 13  Region 17  Region 19 (Corrected)  Region 20  Smith County  All Regions

Meeting Resources


Community Indicators

Dual Credit Legislative Update_THECB

Elearning 1-pager 9-21-15 FAFSA event survey flyer

GenTX one pager

HB5_HCC and HISD Perspectives

NCAN and Why College Access and Success

Postsecondary and Career Counseling Academy Overview


TxCAN_October 2015

Below are links to resources and presentations shared at the Statewide Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) meeting hosted on June 19, 2015.

TxCAN June19 FinalPresentation

ACAN CollegeSigningDay

60 x 30 TX New Higher Education Strategic Plan for Texas

Statewide Math Analysis

RGV FOCUS HB5 College Prep Course

Texas Success Center HB5 College Prep Course

San Antonio Education Partnership Cafe College

ACAN Connecting Data Systems for Shared Supportive Services

Below are links to resources and presentations shared at the Statewide Texas College Access Network (TxCAN) meeting hosted on March 31, 2015.

TxCAN March 31 – Meeting Agenda

TxCAN Baseline Outcome Indicators

Texas College Access Network Partners Meeting Presentation

COMMIT Presentation

The SREB College and Career Counseling Initiative

College Access and Completion Indicator Asset Map Act

 Analyze and Determine Readiness

2015 TxCAN Professional Development Plan

2015 TxCAN Focus Areas – Awareness | Alignment | Impact | Measurement

2015 TxCAN Communications Objectives

2014FAFSA Regional Data

Regional Toolkits


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.

Online Version


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.

Texas Site Coordinator Manual 2015


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.

El Paso Regional FAFSA Nights TOOL KIT 2015


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.

Download Now!
Best Practices and External Resources


GenTX Decision Day is coming up in May. Use the GenTXDecisionDayResourceGuide2016 to set up your event, and register the event here.

Spanish translations of resources 1 2 3 4

Generation Texas (GenTX) Decision Day 2016 Contest Rules

Decision Day Videos

FLOTUS 2016 College Signing Day Video:

Password: reach2016HIGHER0406

Celebrity College Signing Day Videos:

Password: FLOTUS


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.

Postsecondary Student Success Guidebook


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!

If you are interested in joining the Get Schooled College Challenge to help motivate your seniors to complete the FAFSA, request an application form.


Learn to Host A FAFSA Completion Event

Learn to Complete a FAFSA


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,,, 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.

Financial Aid Professionals Website

Official FAFSA Login Announcement

FAFSA Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

FAFSA Application Demo
Username: eddemo    Password: fafsatest


From our partners at The Commit! Partnership comes a new tool to prevent “summer melt.”
Many students that intend to enroll in postsecondary education fall off track at some point during the year or summer before college classes begin. Oftentimes the hurdles students face could be easily overcome with the help of summer reminders and a trusted adults. To support students through the process, The Commit! Partnership is launching a texting service that will allow students to receive reminders on college milestones and also be able to text back with questions they have. High school counselors/advisors and higher education admissions/financial aid staff will respond to questions and comments students have.
Four school districts- Dallas, Lancaster, DeSoto, and Grand Prairie- and six higher education institutions – Dallas County Community College District, Texas A&M University – Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, UNT-Dallas, and UT Arlington- have partnered to launch a regional effort to identify key sticking points and send targeted text message reminders to graduating high school seniors to help them navigate the college enrollment process. The Info Sheet below is designed for teachers and other partners who work with Dallas, Lancaster, DeSoto, and Grand Prairie high school seniors.
Check back in the summer for lessons learned and more information on starting your own texting service.