High schools to host College Application Month events
HIGH SCHOOLS TO HOST COLLEGE APPLICATION MONTH EVENTS
High schools across Delaware will provide seniors time during the school day to apply for college as part of the state’s College Application Month. Each school has selected its event days within the program's timeframe, which spans the months of October and November.
Some colleges and universities in the state – Wilmington University and Delaware Technical Community College –are waiving application fees for students who apply through their schools’ events. Application fee waivers for additional schools also are available for income-qualified students.
Past participants have said the program made a difference for them. “It actually made me excited for college, and without it I would have probably not have done it as thoroughly at home,” one student wrote. Said another, “It was very easy because of all the supportive people in and out of school.” And one student wrote, “It really change my viewed about college, because before I did this I was not really sure about going to college.”
Secretary of Education Mark Murphy said that’s exactly why this program is so important.
"Every Delaware public school graduate should leave high school with the ability to choose the life path that is best for him or her. But for some students, college isn’t considered as an option because the application process is new and overwhelming,” Murphy said. “We are removing that hurdle and providing every student support in the application process, followed later in the year with support in applying for financial aid.”
Delaware piloted the program two years ago with two high schools – Lake Forest and Smyrna– and expanded the program to 20 high schools last year. This year every high school in the state has joined the program, which provides dedicated school time and hands-on assistance to encourage every senior to complete and submit at least one college application.
The program originally was funded with the state’s College Access Challenge Grant. While that funding no longer is available, the department is continuing the program this year using state funds. The state is working with the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware to bring together volunteers from the state’s universities and colleges as well as leaders from the business and nonprofit communities to assist students in completing and submitting applications. State and federal dignitaries also have been invited to visit during schools’ events to encourage students. Those interested in volunteering can sign up at www.DelawareGoesToCollege.org.
Delaware College Application Month is part of a nationwide effort to assist high school seniors in the college application process and increase college attendance. Special focus is placed on first-generation college students or those who otherwise may not have considered applying to college. The program started with a pilot school in North Carolina in 2005. All 50 states and the District of Columbia plan to host events in 2014.
Media is welcome to visit the schools during the event but must arrange the visit with the schools in advance. Please contact Alison.May@doe.k12.de.us for school schedules.