• CCPS WEDNESDAY SPOTLIGHT NEWS RELEASE: Chesterfield County Public Schools launches college application assistance website

    Chesterfield County Public Schools launches college application assistance website

    College applications can be challenging. There is a great deal of information to review, transcripts and letters of recommendation to organize, and forms to complete. It is exciting to think of the next steps in a child’s life, but most parents find it difficult to assist them with the college application process as the required information and deadlines can change.

    A family's first point of contact for the most up-to-date information is their professional school counselor.

    During times when parents have questions when assisting their child, they might not have the opportunity to reach their counselor 24/7. Now families can get application information and support virtually through the Chesterfield County Public Schools College Application Assistance website! This virtual resource has been made available to assist with this exciting, and for some, daunting task.

    “The college application process can be overwhelming to many students because it’s not like anything they’ve had to do before,” said Superintendent Dr. Merv Daugherty. “We’re proud to offer an asynchronous resource like the College Application Assistance website that gives our Chesterfield students and families the support they need whenever they need it.”

    The College Application Assistance website contains information for families of senior or junior students, provides a timeline for navigating the college application process and contains resources responding to frequently asked questions such as:
    • What is the Common App and the Coalition App?
    • What is the difference between early action, early decision, rolling admission and open admission?
    • What are some hints and tips for admission essay writing?
    • How do I secure letters of recommendation?
    • How do I build up my college resume with academics and extracurricular activities?

    There is even a page that discusses financial options including scholarships through GRASP, the Great Aspirations Scholarship Program.

    In recent years, the school division’s Office of Family and Community Engagement, in conjunction with the Office of School Counseling Services, collaborated to hold College Application Saturdays. These sessions were available to all CCPS families and were an open forum for students and their families to discuss the application process with school counselors, learn about funding opportunities from GRASP representatives, and even discuss how to write “the perfect college essay” from literacy specialists.

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these assistance sessions could not be held in-person this year as they were in the past. The information, guidance and resources that students and families received previously at the Saturday sessions have been reformatted and transferred to the virtual platform that is now available to all Chesterfield families on the Chesterfield County Public Schools College Application Assistance website.

    Visit bit.ly/CCPSCollegeAppAssistance to get help with your college application process today!

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