2015 news archives

ECMC moves free college access center to Portland

November 5, 2015

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The College Place moves to the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College

Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) announced today The College Place-Oregon has moved from Bend to Portland. Now located on the Sylvania Campus of Portland Community College, The College Place helps students of all ages pursue opportunities for education beyond high school by providing free information, assistance and encouragement through in-person, telephone and online support. The College Place also offers individual assistance completing applications for admission, financial aid and scholarships.

The College Place will be managed by Jennifer Satalino. Satalino has been active in the college access and success movement both in Oregon and nationally. She has served as both a director of admissions and of financial aid, is a founding member of the Oregon College Access Network, and has also worked to increase access to "Dual Credit" opportunities for low-income and first-generation students. For eight years, Satalino ran a nonprofit college access center in Northeast Portland, and has stayed connected with many of her high school, nonprofit and higher education peers. She has particular expertise in Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and assisting undocumented students as they pursue postsecondary education. Her passion is ensuring equitable educational opportunities exist for all students.

The College Place-Oregon is located at 12000 SW 49th Avenue, in the Amo DeBernardis College Center (CC) Building, Room 204K, Portland, Ore. Besides visiting the site, Oregon students can also access The College Place services by calling 1-866-326-2827 or sending an email to oregontcp@ecmc.org.

Supporting Oregon
In addition to The College Place, ECMC provides other student success initiatives to help Oregon students and their families. The ECMC Scholars Program mentors underperforming students to help them graduate and go on to higher education. ECMC also distributes college access and success curricula to support educators and community organizations in reaching underserved populations. Additionally, ECMC sponsors College Nights at multiple sites across Oregon; prints and distributes 80,000 copies of Opportunities: Preparing for college guide and workbook for Oregon; and provides the Financial Awareness Basics (FAB) program as well as weekly webinars for financial aid administrators and other campus staff.

To learn more about ECMC's initiatives, visit www.ecmc.org/students.

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ECMC expands free college planning resources for students

October 12, 2015

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ECMC is pleased to offer free resources for individuals planning to attend college. These materials and tools are applicable to all students, whether considering a trade school, community college or four-year university. New this year, ECMC is offering Pell Abacus (described below) in addition to its other resources.

"Planning for college can be challenging, and ECMC is working to help simplify the process with a user-friendly guide, workshops and online tools," said Paula Craw, director of outreach and financial literacy. "In keeping with our nonprofit mission of helping students succeed, we are pleased to provide all of these resources at no charge, and encourage students, their families, school counselors, teachers, administrators, community organizations and others to take full advantage of them."

Available Resources:

2015-2016 Opportunities: Preparing for college guide and workbook. This free college planning publication provides students and families with information and tools to guide their pursuit of postsecondary education. Opportunities books (available in English and Spanish) can be ordered by guidance counselors, community organizations and colleges. Order copies of the Virginia, Oregon and Connecticut versions or download the national version of the Opportunities book at www.ecmc.org/opportunities.

College Nights. During the weeks of October 15—November 15, ECMC sponsors College Nights events at more than 100 locations throughout Virginia, Oregon, Connecticut and California. This fall’s events have been expanded to include additional locations, focusing on high schools that serve a student population where 50 percent or more are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. College Nights events are free for students and their families aimed at simplifying the college planning process. Scholarship drawings will be held at each of these events. More information is available at www.collegenights.org.

College Abacus. College Abacus is a free online tool that allows students and families to calculate and compare their individualized net costs across more than 5,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. College Abacus can be found at www.collegeabacus.org.

Pell Abacus. College Abacus recently added Pell Abacus, a new online offering designed to meet the unique challenges facing Pell-eligible students when researching and applying for college. Pell Abacus simplifies the college search process by asking just one financial question: “Do you qualify for free or reduced lunch?” Pell Abacus can be found at www.pellabacus.org.

Social media. ECMC provides money management tips and resources on Facebook and via Twitter to help students plan for college and life beyond college. 

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Colorado's College Assist selects ECMC as third-party guarantor servicer

September 9, 2015

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