College Application Week is an initiative designed to engage and inform students across the state about the college application process, according to the Minnesota Department of Education.The primary goal at the high school level is to increase the number of students completing a college application, especially first-generation college applicants.
During this week many Minnesota colleges and universities will accept an application fee waiver for those students with a demonstrated financial need in order to ensure that no student is deprived of the opportunity to pursue admission to the institution(s) of their choice due to financial hardship.
All Minnesota high schools may participate in this initiative, and seventeen Minnesota high schools have indicated they are planning to pilot a program, with the assistance of trained school staff and volunteers, that aims to assist all their seniors in completing a college application.
“Nothing is more important to Minnesota’s economic future or quality of life than making sure we create and sustain a highly educated workforce,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “I can’t think of a better goal than that of having every high school student take the first step toward a brighter future by applying to college.”
“It is our hope that this first College Application Week will raise awareness among students and their families that postsecondary education is possible, regardless of family income,” said Larry Pogemiller, Director of the Office of Higher Education. “Last year, 71 percent of Minnesota’s graduates went on to postsecondary school in the fall; we’re hoping to raise that number even higher.”
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