MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Research indicates college graduates often make 84% more in salary benefits over their lifetimes, in comparison to non-graduates

Thousands of Alabama students are taking the next step in their promising futures this week. They are applying to top colleges and universities nationwide during Alabama College Application Week 2017 – Oct. 30 through Nov. 3.

Alabama College Application Week was started five years ago to increase the overall number of students in our state applying to, and ultimately enrolling in, post-secondary education. This year’s event will focus on increasing the number of young people, especially first-generation and low-income students, pursuing college degrees.

“Students need every opportunity to reach their full potential – earning a college degree after high school graduation is a very rewarding way to accomplish this goal,” said Alabama College Application Campaign (ALCAC) Coordinator, Dr. Willietta Conner.

During this celebration, many schools statewide will be hosting local college application fairs. Students will attend these events during the school day, and work-on and submit their final applications to colleges across the country.

Several colleges have waived application fees for this event. The following colleges and universities have officially waived their application fees to allow Alabama students participating in ALCAC Week, to submit their applications to their institutions at no cost:

Alabama A&M University
Alabama State University (ASU)
Alcorn State University – Mississippi
Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM)
Benedict College – South Carolina
Berea College – Kentucky
Bethune-Cookman College – Florida
Claflin University – South Carolina
Concordia College
Dillard University – Louisiana
Edward Waters College – Florida
Fisk University – Tennessee
Fortis College
Georgia College – Georgia
Hampton University – Virginia
Jackson State University – Mississippi
Jacksonville State University
Judson College
Marion Military Institute
Miles College
Mississippi Valley State – Mississippi
Murray State University – Kentucky
Norfolk State University – Virginia
Selma University
Springhill College
Stillman College
Talladega College
The University of Montevallo
The University of North Alabama (UNA)
The University of Tennessee – Knoxville
Troy University
Tuskegee University
University of Dayton – Ohio
Western Kentucky University – Kentucky
Xavier University of Louisiana

During last year’s event, more than 26,000 Alabama high school seniors applied to college. Almost 52,000 applications were submitted to colleges throughout the country.
This year, more than 350 schools have already registered to participate.

Alabama College Application Week and the Cash for College FAFSA initiative (Alabama Possible) have been combined into a single campaign to help more K-12 students apply to college early, and complete their FAFSA applications.

In our state, a great example of a school creating a strong “college-going culture,” is Paul W. Bryant High School. Many of this school’s programs directly promote college preparation, career readiness, and community service.

The school body has even named many of its hallways after top universities. Instead of saying, “I have my molecular science class in the lab on B-Hall,” you hear students saying my class is on Harvard Hall, AAMU Hall, or UAB Hall.

The U.S. Department of Labor estimates nearly 90 percent of America’s future careers will require employees to have postsecondary experience – an associate degree, bachelors, or more.

Exactly 70 schools last year had 100 percent of their senior class to apply to college. More schools this year are working hard to achieve this same goal during Alabama College Application Week!

Learn more about College Application Week in your community by contacting your local school counselor or ALCAC Coordinator, Dr. Willietta Conner at 334-353-1607 or wconner@alsde.edu.

Jeremy Law for SylacaugaNews.com | © 2017, SylacaugaNews.com/Marble City Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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