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 www.ciccollegeappmonth.org/students-mainmenu/getting-started
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:
- Take a picture
- Post it (publically) to Instagram
- Use #BrightonIsGrowingGrads in the caption of your post
- 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.