PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

PASFAA Thanks our Business Partners.

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.

WPACSR Executive Council Members 2019-2020

President – Wendy Dunlap, PHEAA
President-Elect – vacant
Past-President – Kimberly McCurdy, Ph.D. – PA Dept of Education
Secretary – Denise Fisher, Pittsburgh Technical College
Treasurer – Melony Ohalek, Sallie Mae
Speakers/Training Coordinator – Samantha Rapp, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild
Conference (CSF) Coordinator – Stephanie Hendershot, Robert Morris University
Ad Hoc Executive Council Member – Ian Harkness, Malvern Preparatory School
Constitution and By-Laws – Michael White, Slippery Rock University

Meeting Schedule

  • Tuesday, November 10th (virtual)
  • Tuesday, January 12th (TBD)
  • Tuesday, March 9th (TBD)
  • Tuesday, May 11th (TBD)

*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 Wendy Dunlap, WPACSR President, at wdunlap@pheaa.org.

Documents

Constitution and By-Laws

WPACSR Constitution and Bylaws (May 2018) (pdf)

Executive Council Meeting Minutes

WPACSR Council Meeting Minutes – 10-19-17 (pdf)
WPACSR Council Meeting Minutes – 8-29-17 (pdf)

Noteworthy

Link to the recording of the 09-08-2020 meeting
Presentations from the 09-08-2020 meeting
Roundtable Roundup – 09-08-2020 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 05-12-2020 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 01-14-2020 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 11-12-2019 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 07-19 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 5-14-19 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 3-12-19 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 1-8-19 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 11-13-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 9-11-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 7-24-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 5-15-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 3-13-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 1-9-18 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 11-14-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 9-12-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Retreat Roundup – 7-11-17 (pdf)
Roundtable Roundup – 5-16-17 (pdf)
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)

Counselor Resources

Financial Aid Resource Manual (pdf)
Free streaming of the First Generation film available here www.gocollegenow.org
Foster Care Presentation (pdf)

College Success Forum 2020 Presentations

Agenda (pdf)
Keynote:  Lessons from the Journey (pdf)
Getting Familiar With 2018 Tax Returns for FAFSA (pdf)
Addressing the Skills Gap (pdf)
Foster Youth (pdf)
Majoring in Money (pdf)
PACAC Admission Practices (pdf)
Scholarships at the Pittsburgh Foundation (pdf)
ACT Presentation (pdf)
Students Helping Students (pdf)
College Board Presentation (pdf)
Demographics and the Demand for Higher Education (link to book)

College Success Forum 2019 Presentations

It’s All About Our Students (pdf)
How America Values and Pays for College (pdf)
Career and Wellbeing Initiative (pdf)
How to Support Minority Students (pdf)
Pending Legislation in Higher Education (pdf)
Positive Social Media for the Recruited Student Athlete (pdf)
Public Student Loan Forgiveness (pdf)
Pittsburgh Promise (pdf)
Working Across the Table – Admissions and School Counselors (pdf)
Career and Wellbeing Initiative (pdf)
College Affordability Academy (pdf)
A Strong Case for a Career in the Trades for Men AND Women
11-19-18 PACAC AP Powerpoint (pdf)

College Success Forum 2018 Presentations

Campus Cupboard Study (pdf)
First-Generation College Students (pdf)
Harvard Math (pdf)
Inflection Point 2017-18 (pdf)
K12 Guidance Plan (Chapter 339) Implementation (pdf)
More Than Dollars For Scholars (pdf)
Needs Assessment of Collegiate Food Insecurity in SW Pennsylvania (pdf)
PA 529 (pdf)
The Powerful Effects of Body Language (pdf)
Preparing for the SAT and ACT (pdf)
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (pdf)
So…You Want to be a Nurse (pdf)
Value of Pre-College Programs in the Admissions Process (pdf)

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.

FAFSA Completion Events

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

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) www.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.htmlwww.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 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) www.dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/vocational_rehabilitation/10356
The Pittsburgh Promise www.pittsburghpromise.org
Disability Services on Campus (ADA) 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 www.studentaid.ed.gov/resources/parents
College Prep Checklist www.studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/college-prep-checklist.pdf
PLUS Loans www.studentaid.ed.gov/types/loans/plus
Outside Scholarships www.fastweb.comwww.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) 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.orgwww.mygreatlakes.orgwww.nelnet.comwww.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 www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-benefits-for-education-information-center
Tax Transcript Service 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 www.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 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