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CFNC Free College Application Week a Hit at SVHS

Counselor, Tressa Cox, assists students with applications.

CFNC Free College Application Week was held from 11/18 through 11/22/13 in the Sun Valley High School Media Center. Students were offered the opportunity for selected appointment times, drop-ins, along with visiting college admission representatives some of which offered on-site admission decisions. Students came prepared to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity to complete free applications, normally costing from $25 to $75 each. Many students applied to more than one college including a myriad of private, independent, and public schools included in this year’s event. Thanks to everyone for helping to make our CFNC Week event this year more successful than ever. By weeks end we had 241 of our 290 SVHS seniors participate and complete over 500 college applications to over 60 varied colleges and universities.

School Counselors Ms. Cox and Ms. Nichols assisted in securing the on-site college visits and/or admissions to several area colleges. Teachers also worked hard to encourage participation and brought whole classes to this year's event. The entire school staff participated in this week-long event by wearing college/alma mater wear and soliciting classroom discussions concerning their college experiences. SVHS Counseling intern Cheryll Cobb assisted with the event helping students to complete the required CFNC account logins and also complete tedious application sections. Counselor Williams applauded the enthusiasm exhibited by the SVHS staff all week and stated what a huge impact it had in making this year’s event so outstanding. The CFNC event is celebrated statewide in over 200 high schools annually and is funded by a U.S. Department of Education College Access Challenge Grant.

Following the event, students were instructed to have copies of their high school transcripts sent to their chosen colleges and follow up with college admission departments to inquire about their application status. Overall, this year’s CFNC Event was heralded as a success in terms of this SVHS Counseling Center led event and the impact it had on our seniors post-secondary plans. Counselor Williams stated that plans are already in the works for next year’s CFNC Event and the goal is to work to make it bigger and better each year.

Written by: Jim Williams, School Counselor
Posted: Nov 26, 2013 by Carrie Mabry

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