Did you know that for the last several years, Governor Gary Herbert has declared November the official Utah College Application Month? High schools all across the state partner up with StepUp to Higher Education (that’s us!) organize their own “Utah College Application Week” events throughout the month of November.
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Utah College Application Week events provide high school seniors with opportunities to fill out college applications in a classroom computer lab during the school day, with volunteers on hand to help answer questions about applying to college and financial aid.
Apply to college
StepUp helps participating high schools organize their College Application Week events, and some Utah colleges and universities waive their application fees for students from participating schools.
Apply for financial aid
As part of Utah College Application Week, schools also plan a FAFSA Completion Event to help students and their parents begin federal financial aid applications as part of the college admissions process. UCAW makes the process of applying to college much easier.
History of College Application Week
The College Application Week initiative began in 2005, run by a single GEAR UP program in Chatham County, North Carolina. Eventually, the program expanded statewide in North Carolina. By 2008, several other states had begun implementing a College Application Campaign, until in 2014 it took place in all fifty states under the leadership of the American Council on Education. Utah joined the initiative in November of 2013, as a pilot program through the StepUp to Higher Education in partnership with eight high schools in three districts and 2,300 students.
- 117 Utah high schools and community centers in 32 districts participated from Logan to Blanding and Tooele to Moab.
- Close to 20,000 seniors completed college applications as part of UCAW last November.
Check with your counselor to see if your high school is holding a Utah College Application Week this year, and good luck with your applications!