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Virginia College Application Week

Degree completion starts with an application. For the past four years, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia has partnered with the Virginia Secretary’s Office on Education, the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia and national education non-profit ECMC to coordinate Virginia College Application Week (VCAW). Today, we continue to carry on this annual event, as we work toward increasing the number of students accessing and succeeding in higher education throughout the commonwealth. This year’s events will be held during the week of November 13–17. The purpose of College Application Week is to provide a structured opportunity and resources for Virginia high school seniors to apply to at least one postsecondary institution. In 2016, over 10,000 applications were submitted to institutions throughout the event week.

This year, during Virginia College Application Week, students in the Class of 2018 will be invited to learn about the variety of higher education offerings across the commonwealth and will be provided with hands-on application completion assistance. High school host sites are provided with resources to support the coordination of this event.

Host Sites Receive the Following:

  • Site coordinator webinar training and manual
  • Access to the Virginia College Application Week 2017 web portal
  • Access to select college application VCAW fee waivers
  • Promotional materials
  • Resources and technical assistance

Terms of Host Site Participation:

There is a lot of flexibility in how Virginia College Application Week (VCAW) events are delivered; however, each site is required to adhere to the following:

  • Serve a student population where 50% or greater are eligible for free or reduced price lunch, as most recently reported by VDOE. Click here to review your school’s 2016 National School Lunch Program eligibility percentage rate Rates will be updated and posted during the Spring of 2017.
  • The primary activities associated with VCAW will occur during the school day the week of November 13-17, 2017 (e.g., providing Class of 2017 students with time, assistance, and computer access, facilitating visits from college admissions representatives, and/or conducting student workshops). Supplemental activities, such as extended computer lab time and parent workshops, may occur after school hours.
  • VCAW resources and assistance will be made available to all Class of 2018 students.
  • Computer lab space, with internet access and printers, will be provided to all Class of 2018 participating students.
  • School leadership will be informed about the 1-2-3 Go! initiative and related events such as VCAW.
  • A site coordinator will be identified and serve as the primary contact and supervisor.
  • The site coordinator will assemble a site team to help plan and execute event(s).
  • The site coordinator and/or other site team member(s) will participate in event training opportunities and utilize shared resources.
  • The site coordinator will complete and submit a provided Site Coordinator Survey immediately after the event.
  • The site coordinator will collect and submit provided student surveys.
  • The site coordinator will submit other required information and documents, as instructed (e.g., schedule of activities, sign-in sheets).

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