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College App Art if neededFHS hosts fourth year of College App Week

From its inception, Fayetteville High School has created a culture and expectation of post-secondary success for all students. As part of the effort to promote college awareness and access, FHS participates in College App Week, a statewide initiative sponsored by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and CollegeforTN.org during the week of Sept. 26-30.

This is the seventh annual College App Week in Tennessee and the fourth time it has been held at FHS.

The goal of Tennessee’s College App Week is to jumpstart the application process for post-secondary opportunities. While much of the focus of College App Week is geared toward seniors, FHS offered college-focused activities for all grade levels.

Andrea Brewer, College App Week event site coordinator for FHS, reports that 95 percent of the senior class submitted one or more applications to start their post-secondary journey. And, at present, 90 percent of the senior class has completed the application for the TN Promise scholarship, with a goal of 100 percent application by eligible students.

Administration, teachers and staff supported the week by including application themed lessons (finding scholarships, admission process, college entrance exams, what to expect in college, resume writing, writing personal statements and essays, etc.), dressing in their alma mater colors and competing in a door decorating contest to display information from colleges/universities.

Students played “r’APP’id fire” during their daily break. This quiz show, sudden death, format had students answering questions about college admissions/applications. Also, seniors who submitted four or more applications during the week will receive an invitation to the Tiger Tailgate where they will be treated to free food, drinks, music and games.

“Congratulations to all of our students who submitted applications,” Brewer said. “You are one step closer to post-graduation success.

“This week was made possible by the overwhelming support and participation of the FHS administration, teachers, staff and community,” she added.

The next event in FHS’s Path to College sequence is the FAFSA Frenzy workshop on Friday Oct. 14, from 2 until 5:30 p.m. by appointment. There will be financial aid specialists on hand to assist parents in completing students’ FAFSA that very day.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the official application that colleges and universities use to determine eligibility for federal aid, including grants and loans. The FAFSA is also the application for the TN Education Lottery Scholarship (Hope Scholarship/Wilder Naifeh Technical Grant) and required for the TN Promise Scholarship.

TN FAFSA Frenzy is the State of Tennessee’s FAFSA completion initiative designed to provide educators and students with resources to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and take an important step in the college-going process. TN FAFSA Frenzy is in response to the new FAFSA timeline, which moves the FAFSA filing window from January 1 through mid-February to October 1, 2016 through mid-January 2017 and beyond.

The new timeline allows students and families to use tax information from two years ago as determined by the federal government (what is referred to as “prior-prior year”).

For more information, please Mrs. Brewer at 931-433-3158 or brewsera@fcsboe.org.