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March Edition of Your Bottom Line Now Available

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

Read the current edition.




Free College Planning Resources

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We have numerous publications to assist your students with every aspect of the transition from high school to college. Check out these 2018-2019 materials:

Visit UCanGo2.org to place your order  today!




Thank you for another great College App Week!

College App Week 2019 logo. September 23 through 27.College Application Week (CAW) is an annual, nationwide event that provides an opportunity for high school seniors, especially those who have never considered college or will be the first in their families to attend college, to receive hands-on assistance from knowledgeable volunteers while completing their college applications.

CAW 2018 was a great success! More than 70 high schools and colleges registered, over 4,000 students participated and almost 5,400 college applications were completed—and those applications went to 140 colleges in 34 states!

Start Planning Now for CAW 2019

This year, Oklahoma’s CAW is scheduled for September 23-27. If those dates don’t fit into your busy fall schedule, no problem! Feel free to schedule your event for any week from September through November.

Are you concerned about having the time or resources to plan an entire week of college access activities? Once again, no problem! As long as you have at least one day during your CAW to give every high school senior a chance to submit one or more online college applications, you’ll be an active participant in this exciting statewide effort. Whether you’re planning a grand, five-day College App Week or one College App Day, we have all the free resources you need to plan and host your event.

Perhaps you’ve held regular activities in the past that meet the objective of College App Week. If you promote any college application activities this fall, we’d love for you to register your event with us so we can combine your efforts with others in our great state to let Oklahoma shine! The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) has challenged us to reach an enrollment of 100 or more schools and organizations for CAW 2019. We’re SURE we’ve had that many—and even more—participate in the past, but if you haven’t registered your event with us, we have no way of knowing what you’ve been up to!

Visit OKCollegeAppWeek.org to register your school or organization for CAW 2019 and to see the resources that are available to help you plan a successful CAW. Simply click the Register Now button on the CAW home page to enroll. Your registration will ensure that you receive your free supplies, including promotional posters and an “I APPLIED” sticker for each participating senior.

Start planning now for CAW 2019. We’re looking forward to another great campaign!

For more information, contact Letha Huddleston at lhuddleston@ocap.org or 405.234.4345.




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.




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.




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.

Screenshot of Communication Log

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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