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June Edition of Your Bottom Line Now Available

The Oklahoma College Assistance Program and Oklahoma Money Matters presents the June edition of Your Bottom Line, a monthly newsletter produced with personal finance organizations, educators and consumers in mind.

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College App Week 2021: What You Need to Know

Objective

CAW 2021 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:

Video still from CAW 2017 video for educators.

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.

Video still from CAW 2017 video for students.

Dates

Oklahoma’s CAW will be held September 20-24, 2021.

CAW 2019 logo with dates, September 23 through 27.

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.

Register Now button.

Resources

Visit OKCollegeAppWeek.org to find all of the great resources you need to help you get started.

Event Coordinator Packet
Student Packet
Volunteer Packet


Alert for 10th-Grade Parents With Recent Income Loss

If your student is or was in the 10th grade during the 2019-2020 school year and you anticipate that your 2020 income may be under the $55,000 application limit for the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship due to recent reductions in your income, you may submit an application based on your 2020 estimated income. The application must be submitted prior to the June 30, 2020, deadline. You will be required to provide a copy of your 2020 federal tax return when completed to verify that your 2020 income was under $55,000. The application will be held as pending until the tax documentation is received.




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.




Free ICAP Tools Available at OKcollegestart.org

Beginning with the freshman class in the fall of 2019, every student attending public high school in Oklahoma is required to complete an Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) as a graduation requirement. Throughout the ICAP process, students will learn about themselves, explore careers and build a plan for life after high school.

While state law requires every student to complete career and college interest surveys; update written postsecondary and workforce goals annually; take an intentional sequence of courses in high school that reflects their postsecondary goals; track academic progress through college readiness tests, concurrent enrollment and career certifications; and participate in servicelearning or work environments, ICAPs will go well beyond these requirements.

OKcollegestart.org is one of the free online platforms school districts may use to facilitate ICAP efforts in their schools. OKcollegestart includes an ICAP feature that allows educators to customize the activities students complete on the website as part of the ICAP process. As students complete activities on OKcollegestart.org, educators can track student progress in the Professional Center. Parents may also create OKcollegestart accounts to see the work their students are doing.

In addition to regional training workshops this fall, educators can schedule one-on-one online meetings to receive assistance as they plan, implement and track their students’ ICAPs. “We know educators are eager to learn how to make the most of OKcollegestart as they implement ICAP. We’re excited to offer nine workshops across the state this fall to meet their needs,” said Theresa Shaklee, student portal coordinator for the Oklahoma College Assistance Program. “The work students do during the ICAP process will help prepare them for life after high school. Students coming into the higher education system will have a better understanding of what their career and education options are and a stronger sense of the direction they’re headed.”

OKcollegestart.org provides free resources to help students and parents plan, apply and pay for education and training beyond high school. All user registrations come with a free email address that can be used to communicate with counselors and colleges. The dynamic Professional Center, a website for Oklahoma schools to use in conjunction with OKcollegestart.org, allows counselors to send transcripts from high school to high school and from high school to college, follow student activities on OKcollegestart.org and customize academic plans for individual students.






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