Virginia College Application Week
Degree completion starts with an application. For the past five 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 academic year’s events will be held during the week of November 18–22, 2019. The purpose of Virginia College Application Week is to provide a structured opportunity and support for underresourced Virginia high schools to assist seniors in applying to at least one postsecondary institution.
VCAW host high schools are committed to increasing the number of students who have a supported opportunity to apply to and enroll in postsecondary education. Public high schools that registers to host the event are provided with materials to support the coordination of the Week.
Host Sites Receive the Following:
- “I applied” stickers
- ApplyYourselfVA website for students with Site Coordinator tab
- Host Site Coordinator Manual
- Site coordinator training
- Downloadable fliers and forms
- Downloadable Map of Colleges in VA
- “Apply” student resource toolkit
- List of college contacts and available resources/services*
- Application Fee Waivers*
*Benefit only available to schools that serve a population of students where 49.5% or more are elibilgle for free or reduced priced lunch.
College Application Fee Waivers*
Virginia College Application Week (VCAW) application fee waivers are only available to students attending a registered event host high school that serves a population of students where 49.5% or more are eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Check your public high school's eligibiilty by reviewing the Virginia Department of Education high school eligible students attending an eligible registered VCAW high school host site. Instructions for accessing each waiver are forwarded directly to the host site coordinator. Site coordinators are asked to use discretion in sharing the the guidance and to adhere to the eligibility requirements provided by each participating institution of higher education.
Students with financial need, that attend schools that are not participating and/or not eligible to participate as a host site for Virginia College Application Week, should talk with their counselor or advisor/coach. Many institutions have their own application fee waiver process that students may be eligible for. In addition, most institutions accept application fee waivers from ACT and/or SAT/College Board.
Higher education institutions are invited to support VCAW host sites in a variety of ways, including:
- Waiving college application fees
- Volunteering on-site faculty/staff support
- Forwarding marketing and informational materials
- Providing on-site admissions opportunities
Please contact SCHEV if you would like to learn more about how your institution may support this year's events at the VCAW host high schools.
Terms of Host Site Participation:
There is a lot of flexibility in how Virginia College Application Week events are delivered; however, each site is required to adhere to the following:
- School leadership will be informed about the 1-2-3 Go! initiative and related events.
- Resources and assistance will be made available to all Class of 2020 students at your school.
- 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 1-2-3 Go! event(s).
- The site coordinator and/or other site team member(s) will participate in event training opportunities and utilize provided resources as made available. Please review the updated Host Site Benefits chart. (Corrected 9/11/19)
- The site coordinator will submit the required information and documents, as instructed (e.g., schedule of activities, sign-in sheets, # of participants and site coordinator and student surveys).
- The primary activities associated with VCAW will occur during the school day the week of November 18-22, 2019 (e.g., providing Class of 2020 students with the time, assistance, and computer access, facilitating visits from college admissions representatives and/or conducting student workshops). Computer lab space, with internet access and printers, must be provided to all Class of 2020 participating students. Supplemental activities, such as extended computer lab time and parent workshops, may occur after school hours.