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Posted on: October 4, 2018

City Council proclaims October as College Application Month in Brighton


The Brighton City Council proclaimed October as College Application Month on Tuesday, Oct. 2. This proclamation focuses on engaging high school seniors who are graduating in the spring to think about their next steps; something Brighton’s Office of Youth Services is also hard at work on.

This effort by the city comes one day after the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) became available for the 2019-2020 academic year.

“It is important to begin the college application process in October because it is when the FAFSA opens,” Youth Services Coordinator Sydney McKinney said.  “It also allows students time to complete a well thought out college application, take or retake the SAT/ACT, ask for letters of recommendation, and meet most institutions’ deadlines.” 


The City of Brighton will also be hosting its Growing Grads College and Career Readiness series again this fall. The Growing Grads program is an annual series of evening workshops that provide parents and students local scholarship information and hands-on assistance completing the FAFSA form. The kickoff event is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the Armory Performing Arts Center, 300 Strong Street from 5:30-8 p.m.

All of the other Growing Grads FAFSA nights will run from 5–7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17 at Eagle Ridge Academy, 3551 Southern St.
  • Thursday, Oct. 18 at Prairie View High School, 12909 East 120th Ave.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Brighton High School, 270 South 8th Ave.
  • Thursday, Jan. 10 at Front Range Community College, 1850 Egbert St.

Dinner will be provided for all four nights listed above. 

Additionally, a helpful resource is the College in Colorado website. It is offering webinar classes and the topics include: exploring education pathways, choosing careers of interest, matching education programs to career choices, narrowing down schools, filing the FAFSA, and applying for college. If this webinar is completed in the month of October and if they file a FAFSA, students will be entered to win scholarship money. More info can be found at

Colleges and universities across the country have varying admissions deadlines so it is important to start applying early in order to prepare for early deadlines. Meanwhile, all 32 public institutions in the state of Colorado and a few private ones have agreed to waive application fees on Oct. 30 only, in order to encourage students to apply to college. 


All seniors who apply to college and post in Instagram using the hashtag, #BrightonIsGrowingGrads will be entered to win a college-related prize from the city. The process is simple:

  1. Take a picture
  2. Post it (publically) to Instagram
  3.  Use #BrightonIsGrowingGrads in the caption of your post
  4. Be entered in the drawing     for a college-related giveaway

With questions related to applying to college or for help finding resources contact Brighton Youth Services at 303-655-2186. 



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