Newsletter Highlights


:: The FAFSA: The Key to Unlocking Your Financial Aid ::

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, is the key for unlocking financial aid for college. This application is not only necessary for receiving federal student aid, but is often used to determine eligibility for state and university funded scholarships. A new version of the FAFSA is released each year on Oct. 1, so it’s important to complete the application as soon as possible so you don’t miss out on any aid opportunities.

Types of federal aid that require the FAFSA:

Types of state aid that require the FAFSA:



:: Holiday Consumption ::

The most cranberries consumed per country per year, according to the Global Blueberry and Cranberry Market Overview 2018—Indexbox:

According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, 80 million pounds of cranberries are consumed during Thanksgiving in the United States.



:: Cyber Monday: Finance and Identity Theft Protection ::

If you enjoy the convenience of online shopping, consider these tips to protect your personal information and your finances.



:: ¿Hablas español? Spanish Publications ::

In continuing efforts to ensure that all Oklahoma students and their families can receive valuable college access and financial education information, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have a number of publications available in Spanish.

Oklahoma Money Matters:

El guía de cuestiones de dinero—Educación en el lugar de trabajo para adultos (Your Money Matters Guide—workplace edition). Helps adults learn to manage their finances and build wealth.

El guía de cuestiones de dinero—Adultos con recursos bajos (Your Money Matters Guide—low-income edition). Highlights practical ways for adults to handle their money, even if they’ve reached a crisis point.

Order OKMM Spanish publications at OklahomaMoneyMatters.org.

UCanGo2:

¿Estás planeando ir a la universidad? (Are You Planning To Go To A University? — flyer). Contains high school checklists, FAFSA/financial aid information, and scholarship tips and resources.

Order UCanGo2 Spanish publications at UCanGo2.org.

Oklahoma’s Promise:

Oklahoma’s Promise offers flyers, posters, and online/paper applications in Spanish.

Order Oklahoma’s Promise resources in Spanish at OKPromise.org.



:: On Our Mind: The Financial Power of Gratitude ::

It’s time to start thinking about the holidays again. Before you focus on the family gatherings and gift giving, think of how an attitude of gratitude can change your holiday perspective. When we put pressure on a time of the year to produce a certain result, we overlook the benefits it can give. An attitude of gratitude can truly save money, time and stress in the holiday season.

Every year around this time, stores are filled with shoppers who are trying to find the perfect gift for their loved ones. At the end of the season, many feel left with a sense of disappointment.

Showing appreciation for what we already have can provide many benefits throughout the season. When we focus on the essentials, like loved ones, fun and the appreciation of life, we begin to see how gratitude can impact our finances. Here are a few benefits you can experience as you begin to show thanksgiving for what you already have.



:: Education Benefits for Veterans ::

Each year, thousands of veterans take classes at Oklahoma colleges and universities. With the revamped GI Bill, veteran enrollment numbers have increased dramatically. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education encourage all active and retired service members to take full advantage of their educational benefits.

For more information about resources for student veterans, active-duty military and their family members—including campus resources, financial aid and health care information—visit OKhighered.org.