In working with the Tri-Cities College Access Network, school counselors assisted students this past week in completing applications and sending transcripts out during the annual Applied Week.
The goal is to have every student complete at least one postsecondary education application, said network director Kim McLaughlin.
Grand Haven High School students will participate in Applied Week next week.
“Local college access networks across the state are working to increase the percentage of students who pursue their education after high school,” McLaughlin said. “Through statewide and national initiatives such as College Application Week, what we have termed ‘Applied Week’, we hope to break down the barriers that prevent students from pursuing their education after high school.”
With changes that took effect Oct. 1, families can already begin filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). From 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, families can receive assistance during the Free FAFSA Help Night at Grand Haven High School.
Although Spring Lake senior Gavin DeVries initially started the application process in August, he used Applied Week to give his documents a final review before sending them off to Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, Calvin College and Michigan State University.
After high school, DeVries plans to study elementary education.
DeVries said he liked Applied Week because it helped him and his classmates find time in their schedules to place an emphasis on future plans.
“Everyone has a chance to go in on their own time,” he said.
For seniors and underclassmen thinking about their futures and what the next step holds for them, McLaughlin offers some advice.
“Our advice for all students is to remember that some education after high school is critical in our global economy today, and that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their postsecondary education, so work hard now in high school and don't be afraid to ask for help, ever,” she said.