Applications Now Open for 2020 Fellows Program
The 2020 Fellows Program application is now open! This program is for Black & Latinx computer science students who are looking to shatter the structural barriers that keep our communities out of tech.
Join us next summer as part of our 9th cohort of Fellows. Intern at a top tech company and challenge yourself to engage in racial equity advocacy work. Participate in a series of learning experiences designed to give you the tools and resources you need to navigate the tech industry, build a lasting career, and advocate for yourself and your community.
As you may have heard, we're doing things a little differently this year. The application will be open through July 6, 2019 for a total of 4 weeks. This is the shortest application widow we've ever had. This change allows us to align with the recruiting cycle of companies, positioning our Fellows to be seen and hired early in the process. It also removes the stress of having to complete the application during the school year. Learn more about the 2020 Fellows Program and apply today!
White House Releases Federal Agencies Internship Opportunity Bank
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics has released its Federal Agencies Internship Opportunity Bank. This opportunity bank lists internship opportunities from federal agencies across the country. If you are interested in interning for the federal government, this opportunity bank is a good starting point to see what each federal agency offers.
Students Share First Year in College Experiences
This summer, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics is sharing students' experiences in their first year in college. Their stories can be found here. Each week, a new story will be posted.
Apprenticeship Programs Open Doors
Work-based learning adds an important new dimension to the education tool kit — one that is engaging for learners, cost effective for employers, and starts to tackle the problem of rising student loan debt. Apprenticeship is an effective way to start high school students and other youth on a career pathway that leads to good wages and opportunities for advancement.
Learn more about apprenticeships at https://www.apprenticeship.gov/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=
White House Initiative’s Internship Application Available
Are you interested in learning more about education policies affecting Hispanics? The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics is now accepting applications for its Fall 2019 internship program. Information on how to apply can be found here. The deadline is Friday, July 19.
Throughout the course of their internships, students will have the opportunity to attend meetings, briefings and other special events on the Hill, at the White House and in other federal agencies. Group tours and other social outings also are organized and include locations such as the Library of Congress, White House, U.S. Capitol, and the Smithsonian Institution museums.
Dept of Ed Announces Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad
Did you know that there is a Department of Education grant that provides overseas training, research, and curriculum development experiences for U.S. teachers, faculty, and students?
The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office at the U.S. Department of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the fiscal year 2019 Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program.
The GPA Program provides grants to institutions and private, nonprofit educational entities that organize programs for K–12 teachers, college students, and faculty to engage in short-term or long-term overseas projects focused on training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies. GPA short-term projects include seminars, curriculum development, and group research or study. GPA long-term projects support advanced intensive overseas programs that focus on languages, the humanities, or social sciences.
IFLE expects to make 25 new awards totaling $2.7 million under the FY 2019 GPA competition. The application is now available at www.grants.gov.
Dept of Ed Hopes to Transform FASFA, Improve Customer Service
The U.S. Department of Education took an important next step in fulfilling the promise of Secretary DeVos to transform the delivery of financial aid for millions of students and their families.
Before an audience of more than 5,000 financial aid professionals assembled for the Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference, FSA Chief Operating Officer A. Wayne Johnson announced the Next Generation Financial Services Environment, which will modernize the technology and operational components that support federal student aid programs from application through repayment. Students, parents, and borrowers will begin seeing meaningful improvements in the customer experience in 2018, with significant technology and operational infrastructure changes continuing throughout 2019.
Here are the highlights of the planned improvements:
Fall 2018 — FAFSA.gov will be integrated into StudentAid.gov, making it easier than ever to apply for financial aid directly from FSA’s leading web site; this integration will let FAFSA® applicants switch seamlessly between mobile and web while filling out the application, enabling students and parents to apply for financial aid from anywhere and on a device of their choosing.
TBD — FSA will consolidate all its customer-facing web sites into a single, user-friendly hub to complement the new mobile platform and provide a seamless experience from beginning to end.
To learn more about FSA’s new tool visit our site here.
Private Student Loans Sometimes Cover the Gap
Private student loans can cover the gap between what you need for school and any federal student aid you receive, including grants, loans and work-study pay, as well as how much you can afford to pay toward your school expenses. This guide explains how private student loans work, their advantages and drawbacks, and what you should look for when you’re shopping for private student loans. See the guide at
Form Your Future Offers Free Resources for FAFSA Completion
Form Your Future® is a national campaign from the National College Access Network to increase FAFSA completion by high school seniors, specifically low-income students and students of color. These students are less likely to apply for financial aid, even though they could benefit from it most.
The Form Your Future website includes the following free resources to support college access advisers, teachers, school counselors, and others who assist with FAFSA completion:
- The #FormYourFuture FAFSA Completion Tracker, which displays weekly data about the percentage of high school students who have completed the FAFSA by state, city, school district, and high school.
- A "How to Fill Out the FAFSA" guide addressing the most common challenges for low-income students.
- Short stories about effective FAFSA completion practices and resources from around the country.
- Social media messages for use in outreach to students.
- A listing of key FAFSA completion resources in each state.