Events Held Throughout The State Will Help High School Seniors Complete College Applications
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE) announced today that later this month, College Application Month (CAM) events will start across the state. Throughout the months of August, September, October, and November, hundreds of high schools will hold college application events to assist students with the college application process. Admissions and recruiting personnel from many of the state’s colleges and universities will be present to assist students with completing college applications at the school events. Some participating students may be eligible for an application fee waiver. If interested, students should contact their school counselor for instructions in advance of the event.
The College Application Month initiative began as a small pilot in 2009 implemented by CHE. Since that first year, College Application Month events have grown from 12 participating high schools and 1,000 high school seniors completing over 2,000 applications to over 232 high schools participating and 47,000 high school seniors completing an estimated 65,000 college applications.
"College Application Month provides an excellent opportunity for seniors to get first-hand assistance from college admissions officers when filling out their college applications,” says Bridget Price, School Counselor at Wando High School in Mt. Pleasant, who has been assisting with CAM activities for a number of years. “All students, particularly first-generation college students, benefit from having the college admissions officers come to them to help trouble-shoot their applications and provide them with application fee waivers."
Marci Newman, Site Coordinator and Director of School Counseling at River Bluff High School in Lexington, views the CAM program as an essential part of her school’s culture. She notes “This exciting day allows us to celebrate another big milestone with our kids on their college journey. Having the college reps here to assist is always so encouraging and provides an unmatched wealth of knowledge we appreciate and I know the kids do as well. College Application Month has become such an anticipated event that we've already had rising seniors contact us over the summer to find out when it will be held so they can plan their application timeline. Teachers who have started lesson planning are also reaching out to make sure they keep that day open so all seniors can participate. We're proud of the culture we've created and having a College Application Month event is a paramount tradition.”
For more information and the most recent schedule of events to be held across South Carolina, please visit www.sccango.org.
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