PCPR Email Updates

Hello PCPR network – 

We hope you’re doing well and staying safe. It appears that “back to school” will be a real thing very shortly. And as many of us do our best in these unsure times we continue to “build the plane while flying it”. Our colleagues at PHEAA. Sallie Mae is doing their best to insure we have the tools we need for advice.

You’ll also see in this message resources from “Foster Care to College” and the “Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice” for your convenience in servicing your constituents.

PCPR is looking forward to continuing to service you in your work.


PHEAA Meeting the Gap Webinar – If your families are looking to cover fall semester costs, join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PHEAA PA Forward for a one-hour webinar on “Meeting the Gap.” This webinar emphasizes best practices, suggests additional resources, and touches on private and alternative loans* as a last resort. The discussion will also include the basics of credit:  what is a credit score, what factors impact a credit score, how can a credit score be improved, etc. * The private/alternative loan section includes brief, basic information about PA Forward

There are two webinars offered:

Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 PM, register at: Join the Webex or call 1-650-479-3207 (Access code: 127 808 2172 Password 1234)
Wednesday, July 15, 12 PM, register at:  Join the Webex   or call 1-650-479-3207 (Access code:  127 422 8252 Password 1234)


Greetings from the PA School Services division of PHEAA!

As you know, a month ago PA School Services sent out a survey regarding the annual Counselor Workshops and asked for your input.  We want to thank all of you who took the time to complete the survey as it provided the feedback we needed.  With that being said, we wanted to let you know that all Counselor Workshops will be held virtually in the fall.  Though this is not what any of us prefer, as we enjoy the face-to-face interaction with all of you, we felt with all the uncertainty with COVID-19 it was in the best interest of everyone.

Because this is a new process for us we are still in the planning stages of how it is going to work and how many workshops we will provide. We do want you to know that each Access Partner will be doing at least two workshops virtually so you can interact directly with your Access Partner.

More information will be forthcoming in the next month or two.

We look forward to when we can be together in person again.

Thank you

Ron Felder, Higher Education Access Partner
PHEAA – Pennsylvania School Services
Business Cell: 267-294-8204
E-mail: rfelder@aessuccess.org
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Dear Foster Care to College colleagues,

Please see below for an exciting update from the Center for Schools and Communities. The Higher Education Single Point of Contact Directory now has over 100 schools listed with a designated point of contact for foster youth! Please reach out to these points of contact if you are working with a high school student with experience in foster care considering applying to one of these institutions.

If you work at a higher education institution not currently listed in the directory, contact pafostercare@csc.csiu.org to be added to the list.

Thank you,

Sarah Wasch, MSW

Program Manager

Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research

University of Pennsylvania

3815 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104



Protecting Children – Preserving Dreams


Hope Center for College and Community Justice (Twitter)

Did you know that if you apply for #FinAid through @FAFSA you may be eligible to receive #EmergencyAid during #COVID19? Read our guide for #RealCollege students (also available in Spanish) to know more & remember to take care of your #MentalHealth!



PCPR in collaboration with PCPR Institutional member Sallie Mae will host webinars for incoming high school Juniors and Seniors and a session for entering college Freshmen and college upperclassmen on financing college right here, right now! The 2 webinars will be on July 30th. Look for details and registration information from the PCPR Memberplanet outreach within the next week.

These sessions will be tailored for students, families and college access professionals and advocates.


For your reference – meetings and professional developments for the week of 4/20-24/2020:


Feel free to pass this message along to others who need know.
The Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable
“Investing in Professionals that Invest in Student Achievement”
Connect and Engage with Us –
484-843-1153 (voice)

Let’s Talk about it!…

The following opportunities/forums are open for talking with colleagues regarding day-to-day issues in college admission, financial aid, college retention and completion in these current times of “Social Distancing”:

PCPR GroupMe
account – PCPR is hosting a texting service for the college access and success community to post/send information, as well as ask colleagues for in the moment, realtime information. Go to https://bit.ly/pcpr_groupme to join the text messaging. Feel free to share what you’re finding out and ask questions of colleagues for help.

PCPR “Let’s Talk about it” time – PCPR will be hosting 90-minute open space conversations on hot/current topics. These meetings will be once a week, Fridays (starting March 27th, 10:30A – 12:00P). RSVP your attendance by going to https://bit.ly/pcpr_zoom_mtgs. You may check in to these meetings anytime during the 90 minutes.

PA Statewide College Access Network (PSCAN) – PACAC’s Statewide College Access Network (PSCAN) will meet each Tuesday (starting March 24th) for the next few weeks from 11 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. to give folks the forum to provide brief updates and collect questions and items for discussion. It’s also an opportunity to check in to see how we’re doing and get the chance to interact as many of us are working from home with limited interaction. Please join us! Go to https://bit.ly/pscan_call to sign up for the video call.

Websites on current issues – PCPR recommends you check with these websites to stay abreast of updates in the college access and success space:


As always, check in on all PCPR social media to receive and post information:

Stay safe!


Students Dream of College Essay Workshop

Dear Colleague,

EssayDog and the Philadelphia College Prep Roundtable have openings for the 2019 – 2020 “Students Dream of College” Workshop series and we are inviting you to nominate student participants. Students taking part in this valuable opportunity will accomplish the following:
  • Completed college admissions essay(s)
  • Completed essays tailored to specific scholarship opportunities.
The Program will include the following:
  • 5 sessions(3 admissions essay sessions and 2 scholarship essay sessions)
  • One-on-one coaching sessions with a personal writing mentor.When and where does the Program take place?:

The program starts on Saturday, November 23rd at LaSalle University. The day includes a morning orientation, lunch and an afternoon writing session. The remaining sessions will be conducted in an online cyber classroom.  Details of the entire workshop schedule/series can be found on the “SDC Workshop Logistics sheet, which includes a link to the online Nomination Form.

How does a student get nominated for the Program?:
All nominations must be submitted by the close of business November 20th. Access to the entire application package (nominations form, parental consent and media release) can be found on the “SDC Workshop Logistics Sheet” and/or the “SDC Workshop Description.2019-20” sheet.

Please note – Each nominated student must have an advocate/caring adult who will support the nominee throughout the workshop program. (This person may not necessarily be the nominator.) The advocate (or these advocates) will provide support and reinforcement to the nominee. The advocate can be trained on EssayDogPro for monitoring the student’s progress.

View what a few of the “Students Dream of College” workshop participants say about taking part in last year’s workshops – bit.ly/essaydog_testimonials.

For more information, details and/or if you have any questions please contact Thom Butler at contact@collegepreproundtable.org and/or call/text 484-843-1153.

PCPR Network Meeting

Topic – “Does College Access Matter in the College/University Admissions Process?”

When: Nov 21st, 9A – 11A
Where: Temple University’s Charles Library

Admission professionals from various colleges and universities from the Philadelphia region will engage in an open and frank discussion on whether “college access programs” and/or “college access preparation” plays a part in selecting their class for incoming classes.
For more details and to RSVP go  www.memberplanet.com/events/pcpr/nov-network-mtg