Federal Student Aid is Available for HISD Students

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Our College Readiness team strongly believes the support of helping all of our students prepare for college lies in the hands of everyone in our district. One important topic we are working on right now is to make sure students know where to look for financial aid resources and support. A great resource is the Federal Student Aid office under the Department of Education.  This office helps both students and their families understand about money available from the government as well as other sources. Other sources can include: Grants, Work-Study, Scholarships, and Loans.

In addition to helping students and families, there’s also a toolkit for educators and counselors. While the focus is on education professionals helping schools, our team highly encourages students and families to also take a look at the Financial Aid Toolkit as an important resource in preparing for college. You never know what you might discover!

We hope that helps! Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below. We are always excited to hear back from our students and parents and what you need to know as we help all HISD students prepare for college.

Happy Wednesday!


College Board Gives HISD Students Access to Opportunity

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The New York Times recently published a story reporting “the group that administers the SAT has begun a nationwide outreach program to try to persuade more low-income high school seniors who scored high on standardized tests to apply to select colleges.

The group, the College Board, is sending a package of information on top colleges to every senior who has an SAT or Preliminary SAT score in the top 15 percent of test takers and whose family is in the bottom quarter of income distribution. The package, which includes application fee waivers to six colleges of the student’s choice, will be sent to roughly 28,000 seniors.”

Take a look at the video below to learn more about this great initiative and how it can give you access to opportunity.

Fly-In Programs Offer Students Opportunity, Exploration of Campuses

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EMERGE Fellows at Tufts Fly-In
From left to right: Luis Melendez (East Early College), Liliana Martinez (Chavez), Janet Nieto (Chavez), Felipe Guillen (Chavez) Not pictured: Javeon Gray (Washington)

Last week, five EMERGE-HISD seniors attended the VOICES of Tufts Diversity Weekend. Tufts University is a nationally ranked liberal arts institution in Massachusetts that practices full-need and need-blind admissions policies. The five students were selected based on their application, recommendations, test scores, and GPA, and received full financial assistance to travel to Tufts University, stay overnight in a student dormitory, and participate in a variety of on campus activities to gain the true college experience.

Diversity fly-in programs such as VOICES of Tufts allow underserved students from various backgrounds and communities to explore campuses they may not have otherwise considered. Applications for these programs typically open late summer for rising seniors. EMERGE-HISD seniors have attended a wide range of fly-ins this year including programs at Amherst, Barnard, Carnegie Mellon, Colgate, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Grinnell, Pitzer, Reed, Williams, and Washington University in St. Louis.

The 2013-2014 EMERGE application deadline is November 1, 2013.

Asian-American College and Career Day

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Asian American College and Career Day

Asian-American middle and high school students will learn about career options from professional representatives in the following areas: business, creative arts, culinary arts, education/research, energy, engineering, entrepreneurship, health care, information technology, law enforcement/public service, legal, media, medical, psychology/social work.

Saturday, November 16th

  • Middle school students will learn about the transition from middle school to high school.
  • Students will also learn about getting ready for college: choosing the right college, requirements for college essays and letters of recommendation, and applying for financial aid.
  • Parents will focus on the college preparation process. Parent workshops will be offered in English, Mandarin/Cantonese, and Vietnamese.

The 2013 Asian-American College & Career Day will be held at Bellaire High School, 5100 Maple, from 8 a.m. to noon. State Rep. Gene Wu will be the keynote speaker and admission is free! Preregistration is encouraged. Learn more and register here.

Download the event flyer in EnglishMandarin Chinese or Vietnamese.

Ivy+ College Night

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Ivy Plus College Night BannerDue to an increased number of expected participants, the location of the district’s Ivy+ College Night is being changed from the Hattie Mae White Auditorium to the Davis High School Auditorium. The updated flyer reflects this change and includes a revised schedule. Please inform your students and their parents about this change and post/distribute the updated flyer at your campus.

Texas College Night

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Texas College NightThe district is holding a Texas College Night at Reagan High School on November 6, 2013. Download a flyer to distribute in English or Spanish. During this event, students and parents will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from colleges such as Texas A&M and the University of Texas Austin.  In addition, a presentation will be given on opportunities, admissions and financial aid. Representatives from major scholarship providers will also be sharing information about scholarship opportunities available to HISD students.

SAT School Day Date Change

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SAT School Day is April 16, 2014

In order to provide our students with additional time to prepare for the SAT, the school day administration of the SAT is being changed from February 26. 2014 to April 16, 2014. Please make sure that the faculty, students and parents at your campus are made aware of this change and plan accordingly. Please also click here to review the timeline of events leading up to the April administration of the SAT. An additional memo with more details surrounding the SAT school day exam will be sent out soon.  In the meantime, please contact the College Readiness department with any questions or concerns.