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Post-secondary Advising

July 2022

Use Fit and Match to Increase Students’ Success

Learn from Bill DeBaun, Senior Director of Data and Strategic Initiatives at the National College Attainment Network as he shares how you can dive into the concepts of “fit” and “match” and share resources for districts, schools, and community organizations who want to increase or improve how they put these concepts to work for students.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising

September 2022

Financial Aid Updates You Should Know About

Financial aid season is right around the corner. In this blog, TxCAN shares FAFSA and TASFA updates shared by UAspire and Texas OnCourse in their most recent financial aid trainings.

Post-secondary Advising Engagement Strategies

September 2022

Celebrating Texas’ Hispanic Serving Institutions

Read about Texas’ Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) for Hispanic Heritage Month!

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising Engagement Strategies

August 2022

Tools, Tips, and Resources for the New Year

School is in Session, and it is time to get to work! In this blog, TxCAN shares some tech tools, tricks, and resources that can make the lives of practitioners a little bit easier this year.

Post-secondary Advising College, Career, and Military Readiness

August 2022

Key Questions to Ask Before the School Year Starts

August is a time for rest and relaxation, but also readiness. Learn from Bill DeBaun, Senior Director of Data and Strategic Initiatives at the National College Attainment Network, as he shares four questions to ponder and prepare as you turn toward the start of the 2022-23 academic year and some key resources to help answer those questions.

Post-secondary Advising Engagement Strategies

July 2022

A New Way to Look at First Generation Students

We tend to assume that all first-generation students fit the same mold, but in a study conducted by the National Science Foundation we have found that is not always the case. This post will showcase how the National Science Foundation defines the varying levels of first-generationness and how the differentiation can be used to enhance college advising practices. Read to learn how you can intentionally plan out your college access activities this year to support all levels of first-generation students.

Post-secondary Advising

July 2022

Use Fit and Match to Increase Students’ Success

Learn from Bill DeBaun, Senior Director of Data and Strategic Initiatives at the National College Attainment Network as he shares how you can dive into the concepts of “fit” and “match” and share resources for districts, schools, and community organizations who want to increase or improve how they put these concepts to work for students.

Summer Melt

June 2022

Solidify K12-Higher Ed Connections to Firm Up Students’ Next Steps

Learn from Bill DeBaun, Senior Director of Data and Strategic Initiatives at the National College Attainment Network as he shares how you can build and strengthen K-12 and higher education connections this summer.

Summer Melt

May 2022

Summer Transitions

Even after acceptance letters have been received and college decisions have been made, there is plenty left to do before the first day of classes in the Fall. To shed more light on this transition, Future Focused TX invited guest speaker Ann Marano to share more about summer transitions and ways college access professionals can keep students engaged.

Post-secondary Advising Early Awareness

May 2022

Advising Students: Aspiring College Athletes

Working with students who aspire to be college student-athletes can be uncharted territory for many college access professionals. Outlined below is a list of need-to-know information along with resources to help you best serve your students.

Financial Aid

April 2022

Digital TASFA Launching Fall 2022

Beginning in October 2022, the TASFA application will be available to complete and submit 100% online.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising

March 2022

Advising Students: Balancing Financial Obligations & Educational Aspirations

Students, for a variety of reasons, may need to seek employment during or before starting college. This post will provide some resources on how to best advise these students as they seek to balance their dreams as well as their financial obligations.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising

March 2022

College Scorecards

Learn about The College Scorecard and Texas CREWS, both free scorecard tools that easily allow college access professionals, students, and families to look up and compare institutions.

Financial Aid

March 2022

Understanding Student Aid Reports and Verification

Student Aid Reports and Financial Aid Verification are key aspects of the financial aid process. uAspire helped to explain key aspects of these processes in their recent training, and a summarized version of their presentation has been brought to you by the TxCAN team.

College, Career, and Military Readiness

March 2022

Digital SAT Launching Spring 2024

Starting in the Spring of 2024, the SAT will be delivered digitally. Check out what you need to know and how you can prepare students for this transition.

Post-secondary Advising

February 2022

Dr. Kenyatta Lovett: My HBCU Story

Guest author Dr. Kenyatta Lovett reflects on the impact of HBCUs on his professional mission and success, as well as the progress of other Black students.

Post-secondary Advising

February 2022

Celebrating Texas’ HBCUs

In honor of Black History Month, we are highlighting Texas’ Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their rich history in providing affordable access to higher education to Texas students. Read to learn more about the nine HBCUs in Texas, and access resources to help make HBCUs another option in a student’s postsecondary plan.

Post-secondary Advising Early Awareness

January 2022

Serving and Supporting Undocumented Youth

Guest speaker Ann Marano joined Future Focused TX to discuss ways to serve and support undocumented youth in Texas. Read and obtain key takeaways from her presentation and access resources to support undocumented students in their postsecondary journey.

Post-secondary Advising Early Awareness

January 2022

Resource Roadmap to Senior Year

Conversations and planning done during Junior year can have a huge impact on a student’s postsecondary plans and lay the foundation for a great Senior year. Learn about resources available to counselors and advisors that can facilitate these conversations.

Engagement Strategies Persistence

January 2022

Getting Interactive with Financial Literacy

Drawing upon the Trellis Student Financial Wellness Survey Results, learn why it is so important to engage with financial literacy to prepare students for access and persistence in postsecondary education.

Financial Aid

January 2022

FAFSA/TASFA Completion: Strategies for Success

Learn how Dallas County Promise and RGV Focus support their communities with FAFSA/TASFA completion to achieve numbers far exceeding state and national averages.

December 2021

Practicing Self-Care

Learn about the eight aspects of wellness and the role a self-care action plan can have in the lives of college access professionals.

Engagement Strategies

December 2021

Engaging the Financial Aid Priority Deadline Before the Holidays

Read about four effective ways to relay information about the Texas financial aid priority deadline to students before the holiday break!

Post-secondary Advising

December 2021

Expanding Bachelor’s Degrees at Community Colleges

Learn about House Bill 3348 and how it will expand the number of bachelor’s degrees offered at community colleges across Texas.

College, Career, and Military Readiness

November 2021

What You Need To Know: TSIA2 Updates & Resources

Learn about the changes made to the TSIA2 and important resources to help students succeed

College, Career, and Military Readiness

November 2021

National Apprenticeship Week 2021

Learn about apprenticeships and the work WE CAN TX is doing to help Texas students meet talent and workforce demands of businesses while earning high-demand credentials.

Financial Aid

November 2021

What You Need To Know: 22-23 FASFA Updates and Troubleshooting

Catch up on the 22-23 FAFSA changes and ways to troubleshoot common issues that you may come across.

Financial Aid

September 2021

TxCAN FAFSA Dashboards

Learn about the TxCAN FAFSA Dashboards and how to compare your FAFSA completion rates to other Educational Service Center regions, counties, school districts, and campuses in Texas.

Financial Aid

September 2021

Need To Know: House Bill 3 Financial Aid Graduation Requirement

Learn about the House Bill 3 Financial Aid Application Requirement going into effect in Fall 2021.

Engagement Strategies

September 2021

Project Restore: Addressing Mental Health Concerns Amid Covid-19

Learn about the TEA’s “Project Restore,” a video course on mental health for education workers.

Post-secondary Advising

September 2021

Reimagining the Road to Education: A New Project

Learn about the interactive project by Bellwether Education, which aims to illuminate how young people must sometimes navigate college access alone.

Engagement Strategies

September 2021

Closing Learning Gaps with the Acceleration Imperative

Learn about the interactive wiki "The Acceleration Imperative" from CAO Central, a resource for teachers in response to Covid-19.

Post-secondary Advising

September 2021

Meeting the Needs of Texas’ Youth Impacted by Covid-19

Learn about databases that counselors can use as tools to address the basic needs of students affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.