[CCGP Info] FW: White House Commitments: Back to School

Tsosie-Jensen, Lillian Lillian.Tsosie-Jensen at schools.utah.gov
Thu Sep 29 07:59:54 MDT 2016

Greetings All,
I hope the school year is off to a great start for all of you!
Please take the time to review and share the following  information regarding FAFSA.
Thanks for all you do for students!

Ahéhee' (thanks)

Lillian Tsosie-Jensen
School Counseling, Equity, Prevention Coordinator
Student Advocacy Services
801-538-7962 Office

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From: FN-WH_Education [mailto:educationpolicy at who.eop.gov]
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:37 AM
Subject: White House Commitments: Back to School

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This guidance is intended for your planning purposes only and is off the record. Please do not share it with anyone outside of your organizations.

To all of our partners,

This week, the White House and U.S. Department of Education are launching this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)<https://fafsa.ed.gov/>— available October 1st, three months earlier than the traditional January 1st date—so that more students can access the historic investment in financial aid and better information to pursue a college degree at a good-value school.

The Administration will also announce new efforts to further streamline the FAFSA and connect students and families with the College Scorecard and other resources to support them to and through college. Ahead of these events, we wanted to touch base and ask you to join us in spreading the word to your networks about these critical new resources.

•         We encourage you to put out press releases, Tweet, and/or post on Facebook or Instagram, and have included topline social media guidance below for your reference.

•         View the White House Fact Sheet<https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/28/fact-sheet-providing-students-and-families-comprehensive-support-and>

•         If you are getting questions from the media – Please have press email press at who.eop.gov<mailto:press at who.eop.gov> with questions about the White House event or education deliverables.


•         Starting on October 1, students and families can complete the FAFSA<https://fafsa.gov/> to access the $180 billion investments available for the 2017-2018 academic year. You can get started now using some of the resources below and by sharing this flyer<https://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/resources/college-scorecard-fafsa-flyer.pdf>.

•         The benefits of a college degree. Research shows that education is the surest pathway to the middle class. Compared to high school graduates, college graduates can earn $1 million more in their lifetime, have better health, and have higher life satisfaction. To get started, the FAFSA<https://fafsa.gov/> and the College Scorecard<https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/> can help students and families access financial aid to access and succeed in a good-value school.

•         To access the $180 billion in Federal student aid available, students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at FAFSA.gov<http://FAFSA.gov>.  Completing the FAFSA can be the difference between going to, and completing, college or not. Start today by obtaining your FSA ID<https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid>. To save students and families time, they are encouraged to use the FAFSA’s IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which can automatically populate the FAFSA with tax and income information that the IRS already processed in 2015.

•         To apply your financial aid to attend a good-value school, use the College Scorecard<https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/>, which provides the most comprehensive data on college costs, graduation rates, earnings, and student debt at colleges and universities. This video<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyYsUrW9OTA&feature=youtu.be> and how-to guide<https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/assets/College-Scorecard-Guide.pdf> show how the College Scorecard can help you find a good-value school. Anyone can start their college search today.

•         To access step-by-step support along the way, the First Lady’s Up Next texting tool<https://bettermakeroom.org/up-next> provides advising for FAFSA completion, the college search, and student debt repayment. Text COLLEGE to 44044 to get started.

•         For additional information and support, the Financial Aid Toolkit<https://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/tk/> has ready-made materials for counselors, students, and families to answer your common questions. Download our messaging calendar, talking points, presentations, and fact sheets for the 2017-18 FAFSA<https://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/tk/announcement-detail.jsp?id=2017-18-fafsa-changes>.


•         Join the conversation by using #FAFSA, #CollegeOpportunity, #CollegeScorecard and #ReachHigher on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr.

•         Follow @WhiteHouse, @USEdGov, @JohnKingatED and @FAFSA on Twitter to get the latest.

•         Tune in for the White House College Opportunity Champions for Change live at whitehouse.gov/live<http://whitehouse.gov/live> on Friday, September 30 at 9:00 am.

•         Encourage your networks to fill out the FAFSA at FAFSA.gov<http://FAFSA.gov> starting on October 1st.

•         Share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/326947014314540/


•         https://www.facebook.com/FederalStudentAid/posts/1116256055122192

           Federal Student Aid<https://www.facebook.com/FederalStudentAid/?hc_ref=PAGES_TIMELINE&fref=nf>

This year, the FAFSA launches on October 1—and here's what you can expect.

8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA<http://blog.ed.gov/2016/09/8-steps-filling-fafsa/>

•         https://twitter.com/FAFSA/status/773901232079507456

Federal Student Aid ‏@FAFSA<https://twitter.com/FAFSA>

Two *Major* FAFSA changes you need to know about: http://bit.ly/2cwf9V6 <https://t.co/YX9ZNb135s>


•         https://twitter.com/FAFSA/status/780157453111586816

Federal Student Aid ‏@FAFSA<https://twitter.com/FAFSA>

What’s changed with the 2017–18 FAFSA? Here’s what you should know.


Twitter Handles

•         The White House                             @WhiteHouse

•         President Obama*                            @POTUS

•         The First Lady                                  @FLOTUS

•         Department of Education               @USEdGov

•         Secretary John King                         @JohnKingatED

•         The First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative             @ReachHigher

•         Federal Student Aid                        @FAFSA

•         *Please note: the @BarackObama accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are run by an outside organization and NOT by the White House. Please only tag official White House accounts so we can engage with your posts.


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