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Spotlight on the Oklahoma College Assistance Program

The Oklahoma College Assistance Program (OCAP) was recently featured as a spotlight member in the National Council of Higher Education Resources’ (NCHER) #WeAreNCHER social media campaign. Designed to promote the important services that NCHER members provide to students and families to pay for and complete college, this 15-week campaign spotlighted members and the good work they are doing through targeted Twitter and Facebook posts.

OCAP is a long-standing member of NCHER, the nation’s oldest and largest higher education finance trade association. NCHER membership includes state, nonprofit and for-profit higher education service organizations, including lenders, servicers, guaranty agencies, collection agencies, financial literacy providers and schools.

The #WeAreNCHER campaign encouraged the public to view these members as go-to sources for students, and to reach out to them if they have questions or want more information.

Fifteen NCHER members were each highlighted for one week. Daily posts included a fun fact of the day, information that students may not know about the organization, testimonials, and services provided to students and families. Some of OCAP’s highlights featured the financial education program Oklahoma Money Matters, default prevention services for Oklahoma campuses, and Oklahoma’s College Application Week.

OCAP, an operating division of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, provides college access, aid awareness, financial literacy and student loan management programs and services that benefit students, parents, schools and community partners.




January Edition of Your Bottom Line Now Available

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

Read the current edition.




Learn More: OKcollegestart.org Updates to Professional Center

OKcollegestart.org recently launched several improvements and added new features to the Professional Center! When you log in, you’ll see a sleek, new, responsive design that makes the Professional Center even easier to use and you’ll discover three new features we think you’ll love: the Communication Log, a customizable Limited Professional account type, and survey creation tools. Watch the video below to learn more about these useful updates.

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For additional information about the Professional Center or its new features, please contact Theresa Shaklee, Student Portal Coordinator at tshaklee@ocap.org or 405.234.4383.




Upcoming OKcollegestart.org Workshops

OK College Start logo. Click, compare, choose.The Oklahoma College Assistance Program's (OCAP) outreach team is offering OKcollegestart.org training workshops this spring, and there are still seats remaining for the workshops on Feb. 7 in McAlester  and on Feb. 12 in Enid.

These free workshops will focus entirely on using OKcollegestart.org to implement Individual Career Academic Plans (ICAPs) in your school. Join us to receive hands-on support as you select ICAP activities, customize and assign an ICAP to your students, track student progress and identify how to use activity outcomes in advising. Participants will also learn about new OKcollegestart.org features including a redesigned Professional Center and customizable surveys. The workshop agenda may be found on the OKcollegestart.org Educator’s Resources page.

Choose the date and location below that work best for you and click the date to register.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 (Workshop passed)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tulsa

Thursday, February 7, 2019 (Workshop passed)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
McAlester

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Enid  

For additional information, please contact Theresa Shaklee, Student Portal Coordinator at tshaklee@ocap.org or 405.234.4383.




Updates to OKcollegestart.org’s Professional Center

Screenshots of redesigned Pro Center login page and menu.OKcollegestart.org is excited to announce the latest improvements and features to the Professional Center! When you log in, you’ll not only see a sleek, new, responsive design that makes the Professional Center even easier to use, but you’ll also discover three new features we think you’ll love: the Communication Log, a customizable Limited Professional account type and survey creation tools.

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Communication Log

This new feature makes it easier for counselors and educators to track communications with their students. Professionals can use the Communication Log to create and maintain a chronological journal of interactions and communications with students, parents, and guardians.

New Professional Center Account Type

There is a new type of Professional Center account – a limited professional account. Educators with a limited professional account can only see, review, comment and report on the student portfolios assigned to them. In addition, a limited professional can only communicate with their assigned students. Administrators can create a limited professional account using the tools in the Administration tab.

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Custom Survey Tools

Educators can now create custom surveys to assign to students to complete. Educators with administrative rights in the Professional Center can define and store multiple custom surveys and manage the local list of available surveys. Surveys can be assigned as an Individual Career Academic Plan (ICAP) activity.

For additional information about the Professional Center or its new features, please contact Theresa Shaklee, Student Portal Coordinator at tshaklee@ocap.org or 405.234.4383.




New Video: Tips to Avoid Identity Theft

Oklahoma Money Matters, the financial education initiative of the Oklahoma College Assistance Program (OCAP), strives to help people take control of their money and make positive financial choices. Identity theft is a growing issue and it can take a lot of time and effort to repair the damage. It’s important to take special precautions to protect your personal information, so we created Tips to Avoid Identity Theft, a short video that explains how to guard your information from would-be thieves and what to do if you suspect your identity has already been stolen.

The video is available on OCAP’s YouTube Channel and on the Videos page at OklahomaMoneyMatters.org. Feel free to share this video or link to it from your website.

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The FAFSA is Here!

The 2019–20 FAFSA is here! Here are a few tips you can share with your students.

This year students can access the FAFSA by visiting FAFSA.gov  or by using the NEW myStudentAid mobile app. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after Oct. 1 to ensure priority consideration for some types of financial aid. It’s best to gather all necessary materials before starting the FAFSA. Since the 2019–20 FAFSA allows applicants to use 2017 tax information, families can use their 2017 return to complete the application right away! There's no need to wait.

To complete and submit the FAFSA online, students and one of their parents/guardians will each need to create an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid ID) at FSAID.ed.gov . This username/password serves as an electronic signature on the FAFSA and certain student loan applications, and allows them to access other federal student aid websites. It’s beneficial for families to create their FSA IDs before starting the FAFSA to speed up the application process. Visit UCanGo2.org to download an FSA ID Worksheet (in English and Spanish) to keep track of your information.

For more information and FAFSA resources, including educational tools and tutorial videos in English and Spanish, visit StartWithFAFSA.org.






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