Gov. Brown Proclaims November Oregon Goes To College Month
For the fifth year in a row, Oregon seniors 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 112 schools and organizations 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”.
President Obama also showed his support by proclaiming November as “National College Application Month”. He says, “This month, we recognize the limitless potential in every student and reaffirm our commitment to offering them the resources they need to succeed. We thank not only the teachers, counselors, and parents who support students throughout the college application process, but also the organizations and institutions partnering with us to eliminate unnecessary barriers to higher education.”
“The big change this year is that students and families can apply for federal and state financial aid starting October 1,” says Stephanie Carnahan, director of Oregon GEAR UP. “However, it means that there are even more applications to complete in the fall, so it’s critical that 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), 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. Over 1,000 educators at middle and high schools, libraries, tribes and youth-serving organizations recently received a “welcome kit” that spread awareness of the free resouces on the site. November will also kick off a radio and television ad campaign in partnership with the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.