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Financial Aid

April 2024

Online TASFA Now Available!

In addition to the paper TASFA, the Online TASFA application is now available to submit 100% electronically! Read this blog to learn more about the Online TASFA and be better prepared to support students in completing the application online.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising

March 2024

A Quick Guide To Financial Aid Award Letters

Financial aid award letters have a bit of a reputation for being confusing for many students and families. Our newest guest blog post from NCAN provides a comprehensive guide that breaks down the essential information necessary to empower students and families to navigate this pivotal piece of the college-going process.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising

March 2024

Steering Students and Families to Smarter College Choices

College financial aid and figuring out the true cost of each college option can be very confusing for students and families. It’s particularly challenging to compare different offers and realistically assess outstanding costs after financial aid. Learn about how DecidED breaks down the true cost of college after financial aid, supporting students and families making a financially informed enrollment decision.

Financial Aid College, Career, and Military Readiness

November 2023

Who Needs An FSA ID?: Demystifying FSA IDs for Students and Parents

Filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a critical step in securing financial assistance for higher education. One essential requirement is the Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID), which often raises questions, especially for students who are dependent. In this blog, TxCAN will clarify who needs an FSA ID, ensuring a smoother FAFSA application process.

Financial Aid Early Awareness

November 2023

Navigating the New FSA ID Process for Parents Without SSNs

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is an essential step in securing financial aid for higher education. For parents without Social Security Numbers (SSNs), a new FSA ID process has been introduced for the 2024-25 FAFSA application. This blog will clarify the key aspects of this process, ensuring that you understand the steps involved and are well-prepared when the time comes to assist students and families in this process.

Financial Aid

October 2023

What is the Texas Financial Aid Priority Deadline?

With so many Better FAFSA updates we’re excited to officially share that The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has announced that for the 2024-25 State Financial Aid Priority deadline has been updated to March 15, 2024!

Financial Aid

August 2023

What You Need to Know: 2024-2025 FAFSA Changes and How to Prepare

Big changes are coming to the FAFSA next year! In this blog, TxCAN highlights some of the FAFSA changes for the 2024-2025 cycle and how practitioners can begin to prepare.

Financial Aid Summer Melt

Summer Steps for Financial Aid

Recent graduates may face challenges with their financial aid packages after high school graduation. In this blog, TxCAN will highlight some of the ways you can provide support and knowledge to students and their families and help avoid summer melt. Thank you to our partner uAspire for hosting this webinar and sharing these resources with our community.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising

April 2023

Tackling Financial Aid Verification

In this blog, TxCAN shares highlights from uAspire’s FAFSA Completion and Verification Training. This blog includes useful resources for practitioners assisting students with financial aid verification.

Financial Aid

April 2023

Award Letters Are Arriving; Do Your Students Understand Them?

Learn from Bill DeBaun, Senior Director of Data and Strategic Initiatives at the National College Attainment Network, as he shares information, tools, and resources that can help practitioners, students, and families understand their financial aid award letters

Post-secondary Advising Engagement Strategies

March 2023

Crucial Next Steps for Class of 2023

In this blog, TxCAN shares matriculation next steps for counselors, advisors, and teachers to share with seniors. These steps are crucial for seniors’ postsecondary enrollment.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising

January 2023

The Texas Financial Aid Requirement: Implementation and Successes

Texas is in its second year of implementation of the financial aid requirement for all high school seniors. What does this mean? How have we done as a state and what successes and challenges are we hearing across the state? Below you will find answers to these questions and more.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising Engagement Strategies

December 2022

Financial Aid Priority Deadline: What is it and How to Reengage Students?

The Financial Aid Priority Deadline is approaching. Below we share possible student scenarios and solutions that can assist you in strategically encouraging all your students to meet this critical deadline.

Financial Aid Post-secondary Advising

October 2022

FAFSA Season Opens October 1 – Here’s How to Prepare

October marks the beginning of FAFSA season. Learn from Caroline Doglio, Program Associate at the National College Attainment Network (NCAN), as she shares financial aid resources from NCAN.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.