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This month and next, high schools across the U.S. are sponsoring free College Application Week (or Month) events where students and families can get help with the application process.
The goal is to increase the number of students applying to college. With the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) now available on Oct. 1, many states are holding free financial aid workshops at the same time.
As part of these events, many states offer an opportunity to apply for free to in-state schools. This can mean a big savings to your family in application fees.
Because of COVID-19, events this fall will be virtual but still valuable!
Alabama Free College Application Week: Oct. 19–23
In Idaho, contact your student's high school to see if they have a "Next Steps" Month event planned.
In Illinois, contact your student's high school to see if they have a "College Changes Everything" Month event planned.
Maryland's College Application Campaign runs through Nov. 13.
The Minnesota State system of colleges and universities is hosting special visits (including virtual) from Oct. 12–16; high school students who participate will receive a promo code to use the week of Oct. 25–31 to waive their application fee.
New York's College Application Month is October
North Carolina College Application Weeks are Oct. 19–30
Ohio College Application Month runs Oct. 1–Nov. 15.
South Carolina high schools hold events from August through December
South Dakota College Application Week: Nov. 2–6
In Texas, GenTX College Application Week is Nov. 16–21.
Find Utah College Application Week events
Virginia College Application Week: Nov. 16–20
Washington, DC College Application & Exploration events will take place in November.
West Virginia College Application & Exploration Week: Nov. 2–6
Call your student's high school to ask if they will host an event or to find out if there is one at another high school in your area. You can also visit the website for the American College Application Campaign or Google your state’s department of education to see if there will be free events in your area.
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