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- Nov 14, 2017

Raising Awareness of Student Loan Debt Relief Scams

Student loan borrowers have reported receiving phone calls, texts, and other communications offering relief from their federal student loans or warning them that student loan forgiveness programs would end soon. Usually, the companies offering these types of services don't offer any relief at all.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has taken several steps to raise awareness of such scams. We have posted descriptions of typical claims made by student loan debt relief companies, as well as tips on avoiding scams and getting help with loans for free, at StudentAid.gov/loanscams.

In addition to our Twitter Office Hours on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 5–6 p.m. ET, FSA is partnering with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to answer your questions about repaying student loans and how to avoid debt relief scam companies. You can submit questions by including the hashtag #AskFAFSA in your tweet. We will answer your questions on Wednesday during the live event. (Don't have Twitter? You can still watch the conversation live.)

Also, Thursday, Nov. 30 from 2–3 p.m. ET, Federal Student Aid and the FTC will be hosting a webinar titled "Avoiding Student Loan Scams." The webinar will focus on what action federal loan borrowers can take if contacted by debt relief companies. Sign up for the webinar today.

Visit StudentAid.gov/loanscams for information and for links to the webinar and Twitter Office Hours.

Financial Aid and the FAFSA Form Webinar

Do you have questions about financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form? The November webinar will feature a question and answer format where you can submit questions that will be answered by our team during the event. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16 from 3–4 p.m. ET. Financial aid professionals, students, and parents are all invited to attend.

Registration fills up quickly so sign up today!

Looking for FAFSA Completion Initiative Ideas?

In the FSA Partner Spotlight, our featured partners share the creative ways they promote FAFSA completion. We are excited to showcase the great work they are doing to engage their students and parents in the FAFSA process.

Do you have a FAFSA initiative you would like to share? If your district, school, or organization is interested in being featured in the FSA Partner Spotlight, please contact fsapartners@ed.gov.

Check out the FSA Partner Spotlight https://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/tk/outreach/fsa-partner-spotlight.jsp

Want to Receive Partner Email Updates From Federal Student Aid?

We consider financial aid administrators, school counselors, college access organization staff, and other mentors to be our partners in educating students about applying for and receiving federal student aid. Several times a year, we email our partners with updates about our products and services, reminders about upcoming professional development opportunities, tips for outreach to students, and more.

Sign up to receive our partner emails.



- Oct 17, 2017

The financial health of Americans has been headline material of late and the prognosis is grim–69 percent of Americans surveyed have less than $1,000 in savings, and 3 percent have nothing put away for emergencies, much less retirement. And when it comes to financial health after college, many young adults are ill-prepared to handle their burdens.

If your institution is not yet teaching financial literacy, there is no time like the present. There are many free or low-cost ways in which you can have a significant impact on your students’ financial well-being. Here are a few suggestions.

To view full article, visit https://www.ecampusnews.com/curriculum/teach-financial-literacy-college/



- Sep 27, 2017

The 2018–19 FAFSA launches on October 1, and you'll need an FSA ID to submit it online. If you haven't created one yet, here's how studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid



- Sep 27, 2017

Need to fill out the 2018–19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form but don’t know where to start? I’m here to help. Let’s walk through the process step by step. To view the full article visit, https://blog.ed.gov/2017/09/8-steps-to-filling-out-the-fafsa-form/?sf62842135=1.



- Sep 06, 2017

Federal Student Loan Interest Rates effective July 1, 2017 
Direct Subsidized & Unsubsidized Loan for undergraduate students - 4.45%
Direct Unsubsidized Loan for graduate & professional students - 6%
Direct Plus & Grad Plus Loan for parents, graduate & professional students - 7%
Perkin Loan for undergraduates - 5%



- Aug 31, 2017

Due to Hurricane Harvey, mail to and from Bryan/College Station has been temporarily suspended. However, there are other mail service companies that are still delivering to our area. You can also upload requested documents via the portal and send documents via fax at (979) 847-9061.

Please be assured that we will make processing scholarships checks a top priority (in the order received) once mail commences.

 



- Jul 21, 2017

Texas A&M University is the only public college in Texas to appear in the 2018 Fiske Guide to Colleges, a listing which cites the best colleges that offer a superior education for the most affordable cost.

The guide grades schools for its best buy list based on academic programs and quality in relation to total cost. In short, the colleges listed are the best bargains for the money.

To view full article, visit today.tamu.edu/2017/07/18/texas-am-states-only-public-college-to-make-fiske-college-rankings-for-2018



- Jul 05, 2017

The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, in conjunction with the Texas A&M Mays, University of Texas McCombs, and Rice University Jones Business Schools, have assisted in the development of a comprehensive, innovative new transition platform, the Veteran Accelerated Management Program (VAMP), for senior service members entering the workforce.

To view the full article, visit today.tamu.edu/2017/06/29/texas-am-joins-thee-universities-in-vetted-partnership-to-transition-vets-into-workforce/.



- Jun 29, 2017

The ApplyTexas and Coalition application for freshman admission and scholarships opens July 1, 2017 for the 2018-2019 academic year. Visit applytexas.org or coalitionforcollegeaccess.org to start your application. The deadline to submit your application for both admissions and scholarships and all required documents is December 1, 2017.



- May 02, 2017

Check to see whether your FAFSA has been processed and learn about your Student Aid Report, how to update or correct your FAFSA, and how to accept and receive your aid.

To view full article, visit studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/next-steps/


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