Educational Institutions

HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICING CORP IN

aka inspirED

Arlington, TX

Mission

HESC provides FFELP program administration, loan servicing for federal education loans and private alternative loans, outreach services that promote student enrollment and success at post-secondary institutions of higher education, and to the extent possible support to associations, trusts, foundations and institutions operated for purposes described in sections 170(c)(2) and 501(C)(3) of the Code.

The mission of the HESC Outreach Division (dba inspirED) is: Inspiring students to achieve a higher education by promoting a college-going culture through educational outreach activities, services and community partnerships.

Ruling Year

1999

Executive Director

Mr. Phillip Wambsganss

Main Address

4381 W Green Oaks Blvd Suite 200

Arlington, TX 76016 USA

Keywords

College-going culture; outreach; higher education

EIN

75-1661098

 Number

6166938614

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

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GO Centers

Destination Success

Presentations and Workshops

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Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Parents

Related program

Destination Success

Context notes

In January 2016, we partnered with Arlington ISD and aligned with their Parent University effort to maximize attendance.

Number of individuals attending briefings and presentations

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Parents

Related program

Presentations and Workshops

Number of participants engaged in programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Families,

Students

Related program

GO Centers

Context notes

GO Centers added: Trinity HS (fall 2016) Kennedale HS (fall 2015) Mansfield HS (fall 2014) Legacy HS (fall 2013). GO Centers at 5 HS and the library were in place prior to 2013.

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Our mission statement is: Inspiring students to achieve a higher education by promoting a college-going culture through educational outreach activities, services and community partnerships.

I. Create a post secondary education focused culture in the communities we serve
II. Encourage fiscal responsibility throughout their educational pursuits
III. Offer college and career guidance and support
IV. Assist with post-secondary student success including graduation and gainful employment
V. Participate in community engagement efforts aimed at improving quality of life through the promotion of a college-going culture


PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
We currently offer two main presentations which include: College Prep and FAFSA Prep. Our College Prep presentation is designed to encourage students and families to be college ready and to provide detailed guidance on such things as admissions, testing, scholarships, the financial aid application process, the financial aid award process and much more. Our FAFSA Prep presentation and workshop is focused on helping students and parents understand the financial aid process and assist them with filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

GO CENTER PROGRAMS
Our GO Centers are college and career centers located within high schools and public libraries which focus on creating a college-going culture and promote college awareness and accessibility. The GO Centers are supported by part-time, work-study inspirED college mentors who provide postsecondary planning and process assistance to students and their families.

DESTINATION SUCCESS
Each year, inspirED, in partnership with Arlington Independent School District (AISD) and other sponsors, hosts a free, half-day event for high school students and their families that provides sessions in English and Spanish on preparing for college, understanding college costs and financial aid, college and financial aid application completion assistance, financial literacy presentations, SAT/ACT prep courses, a college fair and much more.

COUNSELOR ENGAGEMENT
In addition to the aforementioned supplemental support offered to local counselors, inspirED also offers a monthly counselor newsletter, Higher Ed Connection, which provides articles, resources and events related to promoting a college-going culture. Additionally, inspirED has provided various engagement opportunities to promote our programs and motivate the counselors for the year ahead.

PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS: We have contracted with three individuals with a background in education and experience in conducting trainings/presentations. These individuals will conduct the College and FAFSA Prep presentations to audiences based on availability. One of the contracted parties is bilingual and can present our info in Spanish.

GO CENTER PROGRAMS: We currently partner with three institutions of higher education to fill our GO Center Mentor need: University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Tarrant County College (TCC), and Dallas Baptist University (DBU). The partnership with DBU is new, but they provide students at no-cost to the program which allows us to stretch our budget. We have also expanded our High School partners every single year since 2013. Each school district signs an MOU allowing us to clarify roles and expectations with each of our high school partners. This year we have hired and trained 17 GO Center Mentors.

DESTINATION SUCCESS: This effort has been fully funded by sponsorships. This year in our partnership with AISD, we were able to save costs on printing while AISD added transportation and childcare options to attendees. We will continue to partner with AISD's Parent University in hosting this event in the future.

COUNSELOR ENGAGEMENT: We have established a strong working relationship with the Guidance and Counseling office in each of the districts we serve. Many of our High School partners utilize counselors to serve as the GO Center sponsor.

Our outcomes for each of the aforementioned goals are outlined below:
Goal I.
Individuals who participate in programs (presentations/Destination Success/college fairs)
Re-engagement requests for outreach program follow up post initial contact by students/entities
Individuals impacted by media/social media campaign

Goal II.
Individuals who attend financial literacy workshops
Individuals who increase their knowledge of money management skills
Educators who participate in continuing education programming

Goal III.
Students who initiate the FAFSA process
Students who initiate the ApplyTexas Application
Individuals who access the High School/Community GO Centers
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Students who are awarded scholarships / Scholarship dollars awarded to students

Goal IV.
Students who matriculate to postsecondary education
Students who remain enrolled in postsecondary school
Students who graduate from postsecondary school within six years
Mentor satisfaction

Goal V.
Community meetings/events attended by inspirED staff
Conferences / trainings attended by inspirED staff
Committee participation by inspirED staff
Community partnerships formed

Last year, we reached over 3,000 students in the GO Centers; over 3,000 students and parents via our presentations; and over 300 students and families at Destination Success. We would like to continue to grow our impact by adding additional mentors and presentations; however, we are limited by our budgetary constraints. So, we are seeking innovative ways to accomplish this goal and continue to serve the needs of our community.

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HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICING CORP IN

Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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