Virginia College Application Week
Degree completion starts with an application. For the past six 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 16-20, 2020. 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 register to host the event are provided with materials to support the coordination of the week.
Host Sites Receive the Following:
- Site coordinator training
- Downloadable fliers and forms
- Downloadable Map of Colleges in VA
- 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 eligible 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 eligibility by reviewing the Virginia Department of Education National School Lunch Program Free and Reduced Price Eligibility Reports. Instructions for accessing each waiver are forwarded directly to the host site coordinator. Site coordinators are asked to use discretion in sharing instructions 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 can use. 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 virtual or on-site faculty/staff support
- Forwarding marketing and informational materials
- Providing virtual or on-site admissions opportunities
Please contact Erin McGrath if you would like to learn more about how your institution may support this year's events at VCAW host high schools.
Site Resources for 2020-2021
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 2021 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.
- 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 16-20,2020 (e.g., providing Class of 2021 students with the time, assistance, and computer access, facilitating visits from college admissions representatives and/or conducting virtual or face-to-face student workshops). Computer lab space, with internet access and printers, must be provided to all Class of 2021 participating students. Supplemental activities, such as extended computer lab time and parent workshops, may occur after school hours. Virtual programming is encouraged during 2020’s Virginia College Application Week.