Texas Application for Student Financial Aid (TASFA) Counselors

Report
RGV FOCUS: Texas
Application for Student
Financial Aid (TASFA)
Counselors’ Toolkit
Introductions
Miguel Carranza | Associate Dean of Student
Financial Services
South Texas College
Tania Chavez| Special Projects Coordinator
La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE)
Denise Davis, Ed.D. | Associate Program Officer
Educate Texas | Communities Foundation of Texas
Session Overview
 How TASFA Toolkit Evolved
 How to Use the TASFA Toolkit
Collective Impact Initiative
In 2012, RGV FOCUS was
launched to transform
college readiness,
access, and completion
across the four counties
of Cameron,
Hidalgo, Starr, and
Willacy.

RGV FOCUS – A Collective
Impact initiative established
by a cross-sector group of
leaders, the “Leadership
Team”, meet regularly to:
• identify assets and
needs in the RGV,
• adopt a common
vision, establish shared
goals, strategies, and
metrics
VISION: All RGV learners will achieve a degree or
credential that leads to a meaningful career.
http://rgvfocus.org/
RGV FOCUS
Leadership Team
Over 40 Organizations and 100+ Individuals are
Currently Working Together with the RGV FOCUS
Collective Impact Effort
Why the toolkit?
 In 2001 State law approved H.B. 1403
 S.B. 1528-ppdated law in 2005
 No formal process was put forward –only affidavit of support
 TASFA Form was first released in 2006-2007 award year
 IHE are not require to use it
 Each institution of Higher Education had their own processes for Financial
Aid
 School Districts were having to keep up with the different FAFSA or TASFA
applications and forms required at each College or University
 RGV FOCUS – Culture of Attending College (CAC) worked with the 5
IHE’s and the school districts to come up with a solutions where all 5 IHE’s
agreed on a common process
How to Use the Toolkit
The TASFA Counselors’ Toolkit includes the following elements:
 RGV Institution of Higher Education Contacts
 RGV TASFA Checklist
 TASFA English 2015-16 School Year and Instructions
 TASFA Spanish 2015-16 School Year and Instructions
 2015-16 Income Verification (Parent/English)
 2015-16 Income Verification (Parent/Spanish)
 2015-16 Income Verification (Student)
 Worksheet 1: Confirmation of Eligibility Texas Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG)
and Texas Grant
 Additional Resources for Undocumented Students
 American Immigration Council – Navigating College Applications with Undocumented
Students
http://rgvfocus.org/resources/toolkits/tasfa-toolkit-resource-page/
RGV Institution of Higher Education Contacts
South Texas College
Texas Southmost College
UT RGV – Edinburg
Yesenia Garcia
Marisol Gutierrez
Jael Garcia
Financail Aid Specialist
Associate Director of Financial
Aid
Coordinator State & 3rd Party
Programs
Phone: 956-872-2669
Phone: 956-295-3623
[email protected]
[email protected]
Texas State Technical College
Denise Eliserio
Assistant Financial Aid Officer
Phone: 956-364-4339
[email protected]
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Outreach & Customer Service
Phone: 956-665-2958
[email protected]
UT RGV – Brownsville
Daniel Yarritu
Financial Aid Coordinator
Phone: 956-882-7890
[email protected]
RGV TASFA Documents
Checklist
English Application
Spanish Application
Additional Documents
Parent Income
Verification
(English)
Parent Income
Verification
(Spanish)
Student Income
Verification
Worksheet 1: Confirmation of Eligibility Texas
Educational Opportunity Grant (TEOG) and Texas
Grant
Additional Resources
Video Guide to TASFA in English &
Spanish
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j94zx8ojbic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3ElCSJemYI
H.B. 1403/S.B.1528 VS DACA
 HB1403/SB1528
 State Law
 In-State Tuition & Free State
Financial Aid
 Attending college is a
requirement
 TASFA Application cost $0
 It will allow students to pay for
college only (with state financial
aid)
 School Counselors & Financial Aid
Advisors can help fill-out
application
 DACA (Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals)
 Federal Program (Not a law)
 3 yr work permit & Protection from
Deportation
 High School Diploma is the highest
education requirement
 USCIS Application Cost $465
 It will allow students to pay for
college out-of-pocket and be
eligible to work after graduation
 Only Immigration Attorneys or
USCIS Accredited Representatives
should fill-out applications
Something to Ponder on!
If someone made a movie of your
work in college access, would it be a
drama, a comedy, a romantic
comedy, action film, or science
fiction?
Thank you
#TASFAToolkit
[email protected]

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