Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Student Services

Congressional Youth Advisory Council

Congressman Pete Olson invites all high school juniors and seniors in the 22nd District of Texas to apply to participate in the Congressional Youth Advisory Council. Through this Council, the Congressman hopes to gain insight from students around TX-22 and encourages them to work hard and accomplish their academic goals. The Council meets four times within the school year and includes 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 Congressman Olson and will be asked to provide feedback on legislation working its way through Congress. To be considered, the completed application must be sumbitted to our Pearland or Sugarland offices no later than June 2nd. Electronic submissions are preferred

CYAC Application 2016-17 
Consent to Photograph Form
CYAC Info Sheet 2016-17

2016-2017 CYAC Participants:

Brazoria County
Dawson High School: Claire Jeffress, Adith V. Ram 

Robert Turner College & Career High School: Theodore Frick 

Pearland High School: Sachin Abraham, Grant Dentry, Rida Sarwar 

Fort Bend County
Austin High School: Devanshi Udeshi 

Clements High School: Hacer Berra Akcan, Kanika Draksharam, Kenneth H. Lin, Bryon Xu 

Foster High School: Erin Johnson, Usman Mahmood 

George Ranch High School: Vincent Arnold 

Homeschooled: Mary-Catherine Haggard (Sugar Land) 

Seven Lakes High School: Connor Cerda, Anna Fedewa 

Harris County
Clear Springs High School: Emily Jue

Clear Brook High School: Syamantak Payra 

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory: Steven T. Polasek 

Financial Aid for Students

This PDF, prepared by the Congressional Research Service for Members of Congress, guides students through the process of locating and applying for financial aid. [Updated September 2013]

PDF iconFinancial Aid Information Packet.pdf

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