Gov. Brown Proclaims November 2017 Oregon Goes To College Month
For the sixth year in a row, Oregon 12th graders are focused on applying for college and financial aid during the month of November. Oregon College Application Week and College Cash Campaign events will be held at 120 high schools across the state, with the potential to reach more than 20,000 students. The goal: to support seniors in completing applications for postsecondary education or training and financial aid with the support of caring adults during the school day.
Estimates show that 70% of jobs in Oregon will require some type of postsecondary education by the year 2020, yet students who attend high poverty, high minority and rural schools are less likely to enroll and succeed in college. Recognizing the importance of helping all students with the often complicated college and financial aid process, Governor Kate Brown proclaimed November as “Oregon Goes To College Month”.
“Fall has truly become the official application season for college admissions and financial aid,” says Stephanie Carnahan, director of Oregon GEAR UP. “With so many different forms to complete and deadlines to meet, we know students are best served when schools help seniors and their families with each step.” In addition to helping students complete college applications, schools are holding financial aid workshops and providing time during the school day to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA), the OSAC Scholarship application and other financial aid and scholarship forms.
The Oregon College Application Week and College Cash Campaign programs are sponsored and organized by Oregon GEAR UP and are part of the nationwide American College Application Campaign® run by the American Council on Education. Oregon GEAR UP also sponsors Decision Day in the spring, which is an opportunity for schools to recognize and celebrate seniors’ postsecondary plans.
Oregon Goes To College Month is also focused on early college readiness and preparation. The oregongoestocollege.org website has checklists for educators, students and families from middle school through 12th grade as well as additional information about college. Thanks to a partnership with developers from eBay Portland, seniors can now use the free It’s A Plan mobile app to guide them through the college application and matriculation process. Currently available in the Apple Store, the Android version will follow soon.