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March 2017

posted Mar 10, 2017, 4:08 PM by Editor Toolkit

MARCH 2017

End of Year Survey for ASPIRE Volunteers & Seniors
Help ASPIRE improve the program by completing a short volunteer survey and encouraging all of your senior ASPIRE students to complete their exit surveys.

Save the Date: ASPIRE Fall Conference
The ASPIRE Fall Conference is scheduled for Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at Lane Community College. This conference brings together ASPIRE staff and volunteers from across the state to participate in a variety of activities. Save the date on your calendars. Registration information will be posted to the OSAC website soon.   
Be a Volunteer for ASPIRE
Share this recruitment video with potential volunteers and school staff.

New Oregon Promise Study  
This study shows that Oregon Promise has helped many students realize that college can be affordable. Read the study to learn more about the students who are benefiting from Oregon Promise this year.

New Support Webpage For Undocumented Students
Check out this page to find ways to help support students who are undocumented, including students with DACA status, achieve their dreams of a college education. 

State Financial Aid Application for Oregon Undocumented Students: Memorandum
Undocumented students in Oregon ― including students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status ― should not be dissuaded from applying for state grants that can help them realize their dreams of a college education. The HECC will do everything within their authority and jurisdiction to protect the ongoing confidentiality of the ORSAA information.

OSAC Scholarship Appeal Process 
For those who experienced technical difficulties with the online Scholarship Application on March 3. There is an appeal process. The deadline will be March 31. 

Financial Aid Resources
Decision Day
Oregon GEAR UP supports a statewide Decision Day event, during which schools celebrate their students’ plans for postsecondary education and training. See if your site is signed up to for this event, or to register your site, visit the Oregon Goes To College Events page.

For additional information on how to support students pursuing higher education subscribe to Gear Up's newsletter today

Understanding Award Letters 

Award letters can get confusing and overwhelming. Here is a tool that can enable you to help students interpret their financial aid letters and here is a calculator that students can use to compare award letters.

Advising Families On Loans

These videos will help students and family understand how to repay their loans and how to be on track with payments. Watch this playlist to learn more. 
Financial Aid and College Applications Course
CCR Alliance Academy has opened this popular course for state-wide registration. This free course will start on March 22nd
Please register by March 12th.

Questions? Contact ASPIRE at (541) 687-7400 or contactus@aspireoregon.org
ASPIRE is a mentoring program within the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). OSAC is an office of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
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