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Virtual Family FAFSA Nights
Dates: April 19, 20, or 21
Times: 5PM, 6PM, or 7PM (each night)
Audience: Students and Families
These 3 nights provide virtual assistance with completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)! Each one-hour session on Zoom will provide step-by-step guidance through the application.

Virtual FAFSA Completion Trainings
Dates: April 1, 6, or 8
Audience: Educators, College Access Professionals, College Success Staff
Hosted by Alabama Possible and Get2College, these trainings cover every aspect of the FAFSA completion process from discussing misconceptions that students and families commonly have about the FAFSA, to FSA ID creation and troubleshooting, to using the demo-site to complete the FAFSA while highlighting counseling tips to share with students in the FAFSA appointment. This opportunity is for educators and college access professionals to deepen their knowledge on the process of applying for federal financial aid. Register for a session below:
Thursday, April 1: 11AM-1PM
Tuesday, April 6: 4-6PM
Thursday, April 8: 2-4PM

Alabama CAN Spring Conference
March 25 at 9:00AM
In support of Alabama’s Success Plus goal of adding 500,000 individuals with valuable postsecondary credentials to the state’s workforce by 2025, Alabama Possible launched Alabama College Attainment Network (Alabama CAN) in October 2020. The founding members of the network are Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Alabama Community College System, and Alabama State Department of Education with Alabama Possible providing the backbone support. Thursday, March 25, 2021, Alabama CAN is hosting a conference focused on the transition from high school to and through postsecondary education. The theme of the conference is “Connecting Learning to Earning from K-12 to College and Beyondwith presentations spanning over a variety of topics: Postsecondary Access, Postsecondary Success, Equity and Opportunity, Workforce Development.

Supporting LGBTQ+ Students in the College-Planning Process
February 25 at 11AM
The college search and application process can be particularly daunting for students with marginalized identities. This webinar covers ways you can support LGBTQ+ students as they pursue postsecondary pathways. Panelists from the Magic City Acceptance Center and UAB’s Student Multicultural & Diversity Programs discuss tips and resources for a positive postsecondary experience. View recording here.

College Admissions Process Navigation During Remote Learning
February 4 at 11AM
This webinar is a panel discussion where representatives from admissions offices speak to some of the most common questions educators have when navigating the admissions process. In addition, they share important insights and suggestions into the admissions process that will equip educators to adapt to remote and socially distanced college counseling practices and create focused tools for their students to apply to college. View recording here.

Navigating Financial Aid for Immigrant Families
January 29 at 11PM
In this webinar, we discuss postsecondary financial aid options for immigrant families. We examine eligibility for federal financial aid and review practical issues on the FAFSA, like how to complete the form when a student’s parents are undocumented. The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) and the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority join Alabama Possible to cover several resources to assist you in supporting your students. View recording here.

Unlocking the College and Career Journey: Tools for 12th Grade Educators (Recap)
January 14 at 2PM
During this virtual professional development experience, we review the Alabama Goes to College Educators Toolkit. The toolkit offers easy-to-use assets and templates for educators who want to build a college-going culture. View recording here.

Using Data to Support Your FAFSA Completion Campaign

December 3, 11AM

Using data is key to track your FAFSA completion progress and improvement. In this webinar, learn how to utilize two game-changing tools to strengthen your campaign, whether it takes place at school or online. We’ll review how to access and utilize The Alabama Commission on Higher Education’s FAFSA Student Lookup Portal and Alabama Possible’s Cash for College data dashboard. View recording here.


2020 Breakfast and Conversation with Ann Florie and Bobbie Knight
November 12, 8AM

Join a virtual “Breakfast & Conversation” featuring Miles College President Bobbie Knight and AnnFlorie, former Executive Director of Leadership Birmingham.As key partners in effecting positive change for students in our state, we will share more about the work and future direction of Alabama Possible as we work to increase postsecondary access and success for all learners.View recording hereTo make a gift to the event, click here.


Advanced FAFSA
November 5 at 11AM
Paying for college is a common concern for students and families thinking about education after high school. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a key step in pursuing and affording college. This webinar expands upon our FAFSA 101 webinar to address some of the more complex components of the FAFSA. Educators will learn about tools and resources that assist students and families in navigating complicated parts of the application. View recording here.

Break It Down: Community Discussion Series

November 4 at 6PM: Dallas County Cooperative Extension
October 27 at 6PM: North Alabama
October 22 at 6PM: The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama
October 20 at 6PM: Troy University’s Office of Civic Engagement
October 13 at 6PM: Phi Theta Kappa Chapter of Northwest-Shoals Community College
October 8 at 6PM: Washington County Public Library

These webinars are an opportunity for you and your neighbors to explore ways to break down barriers to prosperity. During the discussion, Alabama Possible’s team of facilitators will encourage participants to discuss and reflect on the information included in the Barriers to Prosperity Data Sheet 2020.


College Admissions Officers’ Insights into College Applications in a Remote Counseling Environment

October 15 at 4PM
Many low-income and first-generation college-going students and their families struggle navigating the college admissions process. Alabama Possible is hosting a webinar in collaboration with college admissions officers who will share what they are looking for in an application, including personal statements, transcripts, and extracurricular activities. These insights will equip students and their families, as well as educators, to adapt to remote and socially distanced counseling practices and create focused tools to apply to college. View recording here.

Alabama College Attainment Network Launch
October 7 at 11AM
We are pleased to launch the Alabama College Attainment Network (ACAN) in support of the Success Plus goal of adding 500,000 highly-skilled employees to the workforce in Alabama by 2025. In order to coordinate initiatives and accelerate change, education and workforce organizations have formed this statewide network focused on the transition from high school to and through postsecondary education and into the workforce. With the launch of ACAN, Alabama joins more than 20 other states with networks that strengthen the linkages between K-12, postsecondary education, and employers. View recording here.

FAFSA 101
September 30 at 11AM
Paying for college is a common concern for students and families thinking about education after high school. Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a key step in pursuing and affording college. How can educators promote FAFSA completion in the midst of a pandemic? This webinar will provide an overview of how to help students and their families complete a FAFSA, including tools for remote and in-school learning environments. We’ll cover different types of financial aid and review updated steps for completing the financial aid application. We’ll also discuss challenges such as addressing changes in families’ financial circumstances and providing verification documentation. View recording here.

Unlocking the College and Career Journey: Tools for 12th Grade Counselors

September 9 at 2PM
August 19 at 10AM
During this virtual professional development experience, you will learn about the new Alabama Goes to College Outreach Toolkit. The toolkit offers easy-to-use assets and templates for educators who want to raise awareness for college access initiatives. View toolkit demo here.

Break It Down: How to Use the Barriers to Prosperity Data Sheet as an Educator
June 24 at 10AM

By incorporating Alabama Possible’s 2020 Barriers to Prosperity Data Sheet into your coursework, you can help your students understand how poverty in Alabama impacts their community. This webinar will discuss how educators can use the data sheet as a teaching tool. View recording here.