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Western PA College Success Roundtable


"A consortium of secondary and post-secondary schools, community and government organizations, focused on networking, collaborating, inspiring and creating opportunities for students to achieve college success."

Participants
Contact/Join Us:

Members: College Success Contact List (pdf)

Meeting Schedule 2017:

  • Monday, March 6, 2017; 10 a.m. - noon; LaRoche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15237
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017; 10 a.m. - noon; Penn State Greater Allegheny, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport, PA 15132

*Meetings are held at various locations in Western PA, usually in and around the Pittsburgh area.

How to join us:
If you would like to be added to the email distribution list (which includes invitations to meetings, agendas, conversations and general information regarding college access and success) please contact Kim McCurdy, group moderator, at kmccurdy@pheaa.org.

Noteworthy:

Roundtable Roundup - 3-6-17 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 1-10-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 11-8-16 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 9-13-16 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup - 7-22-16 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 5-17-16 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 3-8-16 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 1-12-16 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 11-10-15 (docx)
Roundtable Roundup - 9-8-15 (docx)

Calendar of Upcoming Events:

  • February 9 - 10, 2017 - National College Fair in Pittsburgh - DL Convention Center

FAFSA Completion Events:
Please visit http://www.pheaa.org/college-planning/fafsa/help-events.shtml for a listing of public FAFSA Completion Sessions.

Counselor Resources:

2016-17 Resource Manual (pdf)
Free streaming of the First Generation film available here www.gocollegenow.org

My Future Program:

*printed materials may be ordered at www.pheaa.org/order-online

College Success Forum 2016 Presentations

College Success Forum 2017 Presentations




Student Outreach

PASFAA and the Western PA College Success Roundtable have teamed up to provide resources to all Pennsylvania students and parents in a one-stop-shop. Both organizations work toward helping students achieve their educational dreams through access and funding sources.

Employment Resources:
    PA Careerlink www.pacareerlink.state.pa.us
    Workforce Investment Board www.paworkforce.state.pa.us
    Goodwill Industries www.goodwill.org
    *If you are an alum of a school, keep in touch with their Career Services Office for assistance with employment, resume writing, etc.
College Access/Planning Resources:
    Pennsylvania Association for College Admissions Counselors (PACAC) www.pacac.org
    The College Board www.collegeboard.org
    Princeton Review www.princetonreview.com
    Education Planner www.educationplanner.org
    Net Price Calculator www.collegecost.ed.gov/netpricecenter.aspx
The Application Process:
    PACAC www.pacac.org
    The Common Application www.commonapp.org
    The College Board www.collegeboard.org
College Visits:
    Education Planner www.educationplanner.org
    Big Future (College Board) www.bigfuture.collegeboard.org
    KnowHow2Go www.knowhowtogo.org
    NCAA www.ncaa.org
Financial Aid Resources:
    Interest-free loans (Allegheny County residents) http://hflapgh.org/
    Federal Student Aid www.federalstudentaid.gov
    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) www.fafsa.gov
    Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) www.pheaa.org
    Stafford Loans/PLUS Loans/Entrance-Exit Interviews www.studentloans.gov
    Military Benefits www.benefits.va.gov/gibill
    ROTC www.goarmy.com/rotc.html
www.afrotc.com
    Outside Scholarships www.fastweb.com
www.finaid.org
www.collegeboard.org
    *Google "unusual scholarships", speak to your guidance counselor regarding local scholarships, and talk to your college and major department.
    Study Abroad http://www.zinch.com/scholarships/
Financial Literacy Information:
    The Missing Semester www.themissingsemester.com
    Junior Achievement www.juniorachievement.org
    YouCanDealWithIt www.youcandealwithit.com
    MySmartBorrowing www.mysmartborrowing.com
Support Services:
    Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) http://www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/vocational_rehabilitation/10356
    The Pittsburgh Promise www.pittsburghpromise.org
    Disability Services on Campus (ADA) http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/hiv___aids/14241/ada/557959
    Transition (Intermediate Units) www.paiu.org
Parent Information:
    FSA Resources for Parents https://studentaid.ed.gov/resources/parents
    College Prep Checklist https://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/college-prep-checklist.pdf
    PLUS Loans https://studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus
    Outside Scholarships www.fastweb.com
www.finaid.org
www.collegeboard.org
    *Google "unusual scholarships", speak to your guidance counselor regarding local scholarships, and talk to your college and major department.
    Additional Funding Options
*Contact your local lending agency or the school for alternative/private education loans.
    FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
Graduation and Beyond:
    Exit Interview Information www.studentloans.gov
    Loan Consolidation www.studentloans.gov
    National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) www.nslds.ed.gov
    Public Service Loan Forgiveness www.myfedloan.org
    Loan Repayment Information www.studentloans.gov
    Federal Servicers www.myfedloan.org
www.mygreatlakes.org
www.nelnet.com
www.navient.com
    *If you are an alum of a school, keep in touch with their Career Services Office for assistance with employment, resume writing, etc.
Other Related Sites:
    PA Treasury www.patreasury.gov
    IRS www.irs.gov
    Ed Tax Credit http://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Benefits-for-Education:-Information-Center
    Tax Transcript Service http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Get-Transcript
    Selective Service www.sss.gov
    Social Security Administration www.ssa.gov
    US Citizen and Immigration Services www.uscis.gov
    Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) www.consumerfinance.gov
    FSA Ombudsman https://studentaid.ed.gov/repay-loans/disputes/prepare/contact-ombudsman
    US Senate www.senate.gov
    US House of Representatives www.house.gov
    PA House of Representatives www.house.state.pa.us
    PA Senate www.pasen.gov
    Find Your Legislator in PA http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm
    NCAA www.ncaa.com
    Americorps www.americorps.gov
    Military Benefits www.benefits.va.gov/gibill



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