First Generation Civil Rights Fellowship Application Available
FirstGEN Fellows is a ten-week summer program in the D.C. area for undergraduate students who are the first in their immediate families to attend an institution of higher education, and who are passionate about pursuing careers in social justice. Each fellow receives up to a $3,000 dollar stipend. Our mission is to identify, support and advance emerging first generation social justice leaders. The fellowship is a collaborative program by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and D.C. Office of the National Immigration Law Center, with the Lawyers’ Committee serving as program lead. The FirstGEN Fellowship Committee seeks bright undergraduate students, who are first generation college students, dedicated to pursuing careers in the social justice field. Applicants should possess a track record of public service through volunteer work/community service. Candidates who are people of color, women, LGBTQ, or other minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications for Summer 2019 are accepted through February 8, 2019. Fellows will be selected in March 2019.
For more information, click here FirstGEN Fellows
If you're not interested in a career related to social justice, FirstGEN Fellows provides a list of organizations around the country that cater to low-income and first-generation students.
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.
For more information and to apply, click here. The deadline is March 15, 2019
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
FormYourFuture 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.