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Student Services

Congressman Pete Olson would like to invite all high school students in the 22nd District of Texas to apply to participate in the 2013-2014 Congressional Youth Advisory Council. Through this Council, the Congressman hopes to gain insight from students around TX-22 and encourage them to work hard and accomplish their academic goals. The Council will meet four times within the school year and include a roundtable discussion on current events, as well as learning the pivotal role of lawmakers, experts and citizens in a democracy. These high-achieving students will be considered Ambassadors for Rep. Olson and will be asked to provide their opinions on major bills working their way through Congress.

To be considered, the completed application must be submitted to Rep. Olson's Sugar Land office no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, May 20, 2013.

2013-2014 Congressional Youth Advisory Council Information Sheet (PDF)

2013-2014 Congressional Youth Advisory Council Application (PDF)

For more information please call 281-494-2690.

Financial Aid for Students

This Information Web page, prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, guides students through the process of locating and applying for financial aid. [Updated October 2008]

The basics: getting started

Start gathering information early.

Free information is readily available from:
High school counselors
College and career school financial aid offices (where you plan to attend)
Local and college libraries
U.S. Department of Education Web page
Other Internet sites (search terms student financial aid OR assistance)

Ask questions: counselors may know if you have exceptional circumstances that affect your eligibility.

Be organized: use calendars to keep on track.

Keep copies of all forms and correspondence: you must reapply for aid each year.

Parents of students: save money long before your child attends college.
College Savings Plan Network (state "Section 529" plans)
FinAid: for Parents
Tax incentives for higher education expenses

Good overviews:
Cash for College
FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Financial Aid: You Can Afford It
Looking for Student Aid
Mapping Your Future
Paying for College

Beware of scholarship scams -- don't pay for free information!
Department of Education
Federal Trade Commission