Keeping the Promise: Enhanced Entrance and Exit Counseling on StudentAid.gov

Federal Student Aid has renewed our commitment to delivering innovative tools and resources to empower you throughout your financial aid journey. This month, we’ve made updates to some of those pretty well-known resources on StudentAid.gov: entrance and exit counseling.

Entrance counseling—required before you receive your first Direct Subsidized or Direct Unsubsidized Loan as an undergraduate and before you receive your first Direct PLUS Loan as a graduate or professional student—ensures that you understand the responsibilities and rights that come with taking out a federal student loan. Exit counseling—required when you leave school or drop below half-time enrollment—provides important information needed to prepare for repaying federal student loans.

Entrance and exit counseling are critical parts of the financial aid journey, and we’re excited to make this experience better for you.

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Finding Teachable Moments on the Field and in the Classroom

This Sunday afternoon, the world will watch the 55th Super Bowl take place in Tampa Bay. While these football professionals play the last game of their season, high school coaches around the country are preparing for their next. Many of these coaches are tasked with balancing responsibilities as leaders on the field and as educators in the classroom. Among them is Chris Davidson of Ridge Community High School, about an hour outside of Tampa Bay .

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U.S. Department of Education Releases Digital Learning Guides for Teachers and School Leaders

The U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce the release of two new resources that help teachers and school leaders meet the needs of their students by using thoughtful and creative digital learning experiences. The Teacher Digital Learning Guide (Teacher Guide) and the School Leader Digital Learning Guide (Leader Guide) are designed to provide educators and leaders resources as they use digital tools to better help students learn.

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MLK Day: 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Explore its Significance

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born January 15, 1929, and each year we recognize his birthday and life’s work with a federal holiday. King is well known for his efforts as a civil rights movement leader and for bringing about racial equality in the nation by using nonviolent means. The same year that King won the Nobel Peace Prize in the field of human rights, the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed.

The following activities may be good ways to help families explore the significance of King’s work.

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Five Federal Institutions with Free Education Materials

Winter break is coming and it’s the perfect opportunity to explore new subjects and continue learning. Your daily routine may look different and may present opportunities to discover new and fun learning opportunities. Many organizations across the federal government and their partners have free education resources available for use. Here are five institutions that offer education materials for teachers, students, and lifelong learners.

 

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Five Reasons to Check-Out the Department’s New Open Data Platform

Open data is everywhere today…including the Department of Education. ED’s Open Data Platform (ODP) is bringing transparency to our public data in a way that is accessible, valuable, and user-friendly. The ODP has something for everyone – and provides easy access to all available Department public data resources in a way that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. For the educator, researcher, parent and public, ODP provides the following benefits:

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Students express themselves through performing arts

Julie Pappas has been performing since she was seven years old. Her first performance was in the local community theater in her hometown. Although school was a difficult place for Julie while growing up, she danced in high school and participated in a performing arts group every summer.

“[Performing arts] gave me life. It gave me joy. The arts have given me confidence and courage as a person.”

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New Mexico Native teaches students language and culture

 

Mila Padilla grew up in Shiwina (Zuni village) and heard Zuni spoken on the playground and from her grandmother. She never attempted to speak it herself until she moved in with her grandmother, where it was required. She did everything with her grandmother, from cooking and gardening to attending church and praying. By the time her grandmother had passed, the Zuni language and culture had been instilled in Mila.

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