Time-crunched high school seniors get a break during Delaware College Application Month

Graduation handshake, BTBHigh 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, including Wilmington University and Delaware Technical Community College, are even waiving application fees for students who apply through their schools’ events. Application fee waivers for additional schools also are available for income-qualified students.

According to Secretary of Education Mark Murphy, “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. 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.

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. All 50 states and the District of Columbia plan to host events in 2014.

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