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Students get help applying for college, educators hope to see huge increase

Students get help applying for college, educators hope to see huge increase
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POSTED: Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:49pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 10:41am

Going to college can be pricey but several organizations are helping poor students in high poverty schools to eliminate that worry. Career Compass and Louisiana GEAR UP, a Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance college access program, are both supporting Scotlandville Magnet High School students with application fees as part of Louisiana College Application Week. Louisiana College Application Week is Louisiana’s iteration of the National College Application Campaign and is being offered by a broad based coalition of partners. The following partners provide support, guidance and resource materials to all participating high schools leading up to Louisiana College Application Week.

◾American Council on Education (ACE)
◾Career Compass
◾ConnectEDU
◾Council of Enrollment Management Officers (CEMO)
◾Louisiana Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (LACRAO)
◾Louisiana Board of Regents (BOR)
◾Louisiana Department of Education (LADOE)
◾Louisiana Education Loan Authority (LELA)
◾Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA)
◾Louisiana School Counselors Association (LSCA)
◾Statewide and partnership GEAR UP
◾TRIO/Education Talent Search Programs in Louisiana

"When I applied for one of my first colleges I didn't know what I was getting myself into and how much the application is,” said Scotlandville Magnet High School Senior, Ariel Green.

Ariel has big dreams to be a psychologist but to do that she knows she needs further education.

“I am very strong.”I come from a large family a lot of grand kids, a lot of cousins; I will be the first to go to college in my family I want to prove to them that you can succeed."

As for Vincent Sanders, he will be the first male in his family to go he knows that's a big deal, especially in his hometown.

“In this area there are a lot of drop outs and people who don't apply themselves maybe the way they should be,’ said senior Vincent Sanders. “So when you go to college when you come from here it means a lot to the community as well as your family.”

These two students are just small examples of why Shawona Ross decided she needed to kick things up.

"We've checked the SAT’s and the ACT’s to make sure they can apply and those who do not have the requirements we have a back up plan," said freshman supervisor and teacher, Shawona Ross.

"I have been applying for scholarships and financial aid but sometimes it can be a burden," said Green.

NBC33 asked Ross a simple question. "How does it make you feel that these students are taking the next step?”

“I can’t even explain, especially when they hit submit and to see that smile and if not a smile that sigh of relief you know,” noted Ross.

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