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November Edition of Your Bottom Line Now Available

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

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FAFSA Update

If you plan to complete the 2022-23 FAFSA, you’ll want to note some potential adjustments that may be required due to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. Tax filers who received unemployment benefits in 2020 and filed taxes prior to March 11, 2021, will have a higher Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on their original tax record compared to those who filed (or amended) a 2020 tax return after the enaction of the ARP. This can have a significant effect on your financial aid eligibility. Read more here to determine if you’ll be required to adjust your AGI on the FAFSA.




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.

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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


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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