White House Initiative’s Internship Application Available
The White House Initiative’s (WHI) Year-round Internship Program provides current undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn about Latino-focused education policy, communications, and outreach at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
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.