Reps. Wild, Guthrie Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Resolution Designating November National College Application Month
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representatives Susan Wild (D-PA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) introduced a resolution designating November as National College Application Month. As COVID-19 continues to complicate high school seniors’ and others’ assessment of their educational plans with fewer students applying to college and completing the FAFSA when compared to a year ago, this bipartisan effort is intended to bolster the work of college-going advocacy groups across the country working with students to help them identify their college options and move through the process. A companion resolution was also introduced in the Senate by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Tim Scott (R-SC).
“We have an obligation to keep a high-quality education within reach for each and every student – and that starts with ensuring students and families have access to the important information on the college admissions process, know about the opportunities our excellent community colleges and two-year colleges in PA-07 provide, the value of an advanced degree, and costs so they can make decisions that are right for them,” Wild said. “This academic year comes with so many unprecedented challenges for our high school seniors and those looking to pursue higher education, so it could not be more important to support the work being done – virtually or otherwise – to help guide our students through the college process.”
“I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution that will help shed light on the higher education application process,” Guthrie said. “As a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, I continue to encourage all youth to explore ways that they can further their education. I enjoyed working with Congresswoman Wild as well as my colleagues Senator Coons and Senator Scott to designate November as National College Application Month.”
“Even amidst all the challenges of this year, it’s important that all of us continue to dream big about the future. If you are a high school senior or someone thinking about returning to school, now is the time to apply and to learn more about your options,” Coons said. “I’m excited to work with my colleagues to recognize everyone undertaking that project this month and look forward to celebrating your plans come spring.”
The American College Application Campaign (ACAC), an initiative of ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and Reach Higher have spoken in support of the resolution.
“November is a perfect time for students, parents, and educators to focus on moving ahead with college applications,” said ACAC Director Lisa Sommer King. “While we’ve had many disruptions in our lives, the congressional resolutions and the support from our allies in this work shows that we’re coming together to remind students —especially Black, Native American, Latinx, and first-generation students — that planning for the future must go on, even during the current challenges.”
“Applying to college should be a fundamentally student-centered process,” said Angel B. Pérez, CEO, NACAC. “Congressional recognition of the significance of the college application process helps raise awareness of the promise of higher education, the disparities in equitable access to college, and the supports needed to ensure that students can make successful transitions.”
“Education is the single most important investment one can make for their future and it gives you the opportunity to meet people with different backgrounds and open your mind to critical thinking,” said Stephanie Owens, director of programming, Reach Higher at the Common App.
The three organizations stress the need for school districts and community members to talk to students about the importance of education beyond high school, to organize activities – whether in person or virtual – to support students through the college-going process, to celebrate the important milestones for the Class of 2021 like applying to college or filling out the FAFSA, and to provide a sense of normalcy amid uncertainty.
Read the full resolution HERE.