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This comprehensive guide for FAFSA Plus+ users covers the following topics: history and impact of the program, how to access and interpret FAFSA Plus+ data, best practices in FAFSA completion, College Goal Oregon events, and additional resources for college access.

This training video is designed for users of the FAFSA Plus+ program. You will learn how to upload a student roster, view and interpret the data, best practices for FAFSA completion, and additional resources. You also have the option of attending a live webinar by signing up on the calendar.

This is a quick guide to interpreting FAFSA Plus+ data and how to contact Federal Student Aid for direct FAFSA support.

If you have FAFSA Plus+ access, log in here and select the FAFSA Plus+ link. When your account is initially created, you will receive two emails with your login credentials.

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Oregon Promise launched in 2015-16, and offers new high school graduates and GED recipients an opportunity to have some or all of their community college tuition covered. Grants are for students entering a community college in Oregon in Fall 2016.

The Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG) is Oregon's largest state-funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college. Learn more about eligibility, application instructions, and award information.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Independent Living Program (ILP) has received Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funding to help current or former foster care youth with postsecondary education and training.
Youth may be eligible to receive up to $3,500* per academic year.

The Oregon Student Child Care Grant Program was established to assist parents enrolled in postsecondary education obtain safe, dependable care that supports their children's development while allowing completion of the parent's academic programs.

Applicants for awards must be dependents of a public safety officer in the state of Oregon, as defined by ORS 237.610, who was killed or disabled in the line of duty. Eligible dependents include the child or stepchild of eligible public safety officers.

The Oregon Youth Conservation Corps builds on the strong connections between positive work experiences, work skills, personal responsibility, and its commitment to education and future employment for youth.

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The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid has many resources for students. The site includes a list of financial-aid sources including scholarships, loans, calculators to estimate student costs, information about testing, and much more.

    • FinAid.org: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

This U.S. Department of Education site offers information for students and parents on how to succeed in school and plan for college.

The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school.

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Fill out the FAFSA, sign up for your FSA ID, search for school codes, or receive information about aid programs.

The office of Federal Student Aid provides these resources, worksheets, and videos to help applicants get detailed information and to help them complete their FAFSA.

This guide from CollegeBoard includes information about the 2017-18 FAFSA, financial aid and undocumented students, IRS Data Retrieval Tool FAQs, and much more.

This Info Graphic is a helpful visual to help walk you through the Financial Aid process.

Use this Federal Student Aid resource to stay on track with everything you should be doing in regards to college and financial aid.

An FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and can serve as your legal signature.

    • FSA ID Creation Website
    • FSA ID FAQ
    • NOTE: Do not create an FSA ID for your child, parent, spouse, or anyone else but yourself, here's why:
      • The FSA ID acts as a legal signature and should not be shared with anyone
      • By creating your own FSA ID, you can keep a record of your account information
      • A single email address can only be used for one FSA ID

All applicants for federal student aid are considered either "independent" or "dependent." Dependent students are required to include information about their parent(s)/guardian(s) on the FAFSA. These resources will help you determine 1) if you are "independent" or "dependent" and 2) which parent(s) or guardian(s) information you have to provide if you are "dependent."

The following list of videos are useful in understanding how to fill out the FAFSA and understanding the overall financial aid process.

Don't make the mistake of making any of these 12 Common FAFSA Mistakes.

Now what? This resource will point you in the right direction.

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool electronically transfers your Federal Tax Return information into your FAFSA.

This list of FAQs provided by StudentAid.ed.gov provides answers to common questions regarding general information, eligibility for financial aid, and completing the FAFSA for undocumented, Dreamer, or DACA students.

ECMC is committed to the success of all students, regardless of their immigration status.

Information for Financial Aid Professionals (IFAP) consolidates guidance, resources, and information related to the administration and processing of Title IV federal student aid into one online site for use by the entire financial aid community.

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Use Federal Student Aid's Career Research to explore career options before you begin your program of study at college or career school, get a good understanding of your estimated earnings, or learn about potential careers that will be matched with you based on your interests.

The Career Browser provides information about the nature of the work, working conditions, related occupations, training required, job outlook, and earnings for careers.

Search and get details on 152 enlisted and officer occupations with Military Careers.

    • Search and get details on 152 enlisted and officer occupations
    • Describes the training, advancement, and educational opportunities
    • Discusses Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is revised every two years, describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects for a wide range of occupations.

At O*NET Online you can:

    • Use their search tools that allow you to find occupations that use your skills and occupations related to ones that you select
    • Explore characteristics of the worker, requirements, skills, knowledge, interests, and activities of a selected occupation

Occupation Explorer helps you find occupations that meet the criteria you select and provides you with a list of high-demand, high-skill, and high-wage occupations.

The Skills Explorer provides instructional program descriptions, a list of information about the schools that offer each program, and occupations that completers of the training programs qualify.

All 17 of Oregon's Community Colleges participate in Career Pathways. This is a program designed to help students learn about career and technical education (CTE). Students can get "roadmaps" starting from their high school and showing all the paths that can lead them to their program of study through an Oregon Community College. Or start with a college and figure out what programs are available.

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The Common Application is a college application which is accepted by over 600 colleges and universities

The Universal College Application is a college application used by nearly 50 colleges

The Alliance (Oregon Alliance of Independent College & Universities) represents 18 of Oregon’s regionally accredited, nonprofit private higher education institutions. Together, Alliance colleges and universities enroll more than 35,000 students and deliver approximately 30% of all degrees baccalaureate and higher awarded in Oregon. The Alliance website includes facts and contact information for each college and university, and more.

The Oregon Community College Association represents the 17 publicly chartered community colleges. The website includes facts about Oregon community college, contact information for each of the seventeen colleges, and more.

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These U.S. Department of Education resources aim to help potential college students research and compare potential colleges.

The College Navigator can help potential college students find the right college for them.

It can be tricky to identify schools that will suit a student's needs and wants for postsecondary education. The following tools will recommend some options that might be a good match based on student's interests and desires.

    • College Personality Quiz
      • Look at your interests, abilities, and attitudes.
      • Assess your needs and what types of learning environments might work best for you.
    • The College Board's College Search
      • Answer the questions that matter to you in order of importance.
      • Search for matches at any time.
      • Recommends colleges that meet your needs.

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The OSAC Scholarship Application, more than 500 scholarship opportunities in one application.

This list from the U.S. Department of Education provides opportunities for Scholarships for Military Families.

    • Scholarship opportunities for military personnel, veterans, their families, and ROTC

The nation's largest provider of college financial aid to Latino students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a diverse range of scholarship programs

National Scholarship Searches:

These tips about applications and essays as well as the activities chart are incredibly useful in the heat of scholarship season.

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Financial Beginnings empowers the youth and adults to take control of their financial future. They provide educational programs that incorporate all aspects of personal finance to give individuals the foundation they need to make informed financial decisions.

SALT Money is an online based resource where people can learn how their financial decisions will impact their lives. Covering a wide variety of topics, SALT goes over things ranging from credit card debt and how to avoid it, to student loans and how to pay off your debt after college is over.

SALT is free for OSAC students to use.

    1. Log-in to: saltmoney.org
    2. Sign-up
    3. Organization/School: Oregon Student Access Commission
    4. Graduation year is required, so volunteers can put current year

*We recommend students start with My Money 101 as a step-by-step curriculum.

ECMC is a nonprofit corporation providing services in support of higher education finance, we assist students and families in their efforts to plan and pay for college. We work to lower student loan default rates; sponsor college access and success initiatives, and financial literacy programs; and provide resources to support student loan borrowers to successfully repay their loans.

ECMC is committed to the success of all students, regardless of their immigration status.

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Host a College Signing Day to celebrate your students who are continuing on to higher education. It is a fun event to rally your students, schools, and communities in support of a college going culture. Learn how you can be part of First Lady Michelle Obama's 2016 College Signing Day, and play a role in helping more student's access financial aid and resources available to choose a school where they can pursue their educational goals and career aspirations.

Below is the College Signing Day Toolkit provided by Reach Higher. This kit includes a video from the First Lady and a link to request a speaker for your event. There is also call in information to a training offered by Reach Higher that we encourage you to participate in.

ASPIRE is the state of Oregon's mentoring program that matches trained and supportive adult volunteer mentors with middle school, high school, and college students to develop a plan to help them meet their educational goals beyond high school. If you have a desire to help students explore college options, admissions, and financial aid, ASPIRE is for you. Follow the link above to learn more about becoming a volunteer mentor or becoming an ASPIRE site.

Oregon College Application Week is an initiative of Oregon GEAR UP, in partnership with the American Council on Education's American College Application Campaign. College Application Week opens the door for students by encouraging them to take that significant step toward college in their senior year.

OSAC

OSAC provides information on the OSAC scholarship application and advice on planning for college, paying for college, managing debt, and receiving financial aid.

College Goal Oregon

Home of the National College Goal Sunday event, this website gives information about the program and its history.

FAFSA

This U.S. Department of Education site is home to the online FAFSA form. Fill out the FAFSA, sign up for your FSA ID, search for school codes, and receive information about aid programs.

Federal Student Aid

Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.