Decision Day celebrates a high school senior class, and students' commitments to postsecondary education, training programs, and military service. Advisers plan interactive events to honor the seniors and promote a college-going culture to underclassmen.
On this day, Advisers encourage seniors to wear t-shirts or sweatshirts from the college in which they plan to enroll. Faculty and staff join in, wearing gear from their alma maters.
May 1st marks a national Decision Day celebration as this is the day most accepted students must inform colleges of their enrollment plans. For PCAC advisers, Decision Day is scheduled throughout the month of May.
College Application Week
PCAC College advisers hold College Application Events in their high school as part of the The American College Application Campaign (ACAC). ACAC is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.
The purpose of this effort is to help high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one postsecondary institution. Events during the school day, with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college. Typically, College Application Week falls during the beginning of November. As part of these events, PCAC advisers hold workshops on college applications, scholarship applications, financial aid documents, essays, résumés, and SAT or ACT registration. Advisers also bring in college and military representatives to meet with students to discuss their applications.
In 2018, Advisers brought representatives from local colleges, universities, community colleges, technical schools, military branches, local companies, community organizations, and financial aid experts into high schools to speak with students. Representatives from colleges met with 940 PCAC students in one-to-one meetings to discuss the students' applications.
2018 College Application Week Highlights:
1,554 students participated at 21 PCAC high schools across Pennsylvania
1,685 applications submitted
694 students were accepted on the spot by college admissions representatives
Students received 935 fee waivers for applications
$44,145 saved with application fee waivers
288 students completed essays and résumés
179 students worked on financial aid documents
180 representatives from 58 different community colleges, colleges and universities, trade and technical schools, military branches, local companies, and community organizations met with students
FAFSA Completion and Financial Aid Support
It is essential that all students planning to attend college complete the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA makes the student eligible to receive financial aid and federal loans. PCAC Advisers hold multiple FAFSA Completion workshops throughout the year to assist students and families in completing financial aid forms.
Advisers also hold Financial Aid Information Nights throughout the year for students and families in all grades. These nights present a general overview of college financial aid, including the FAFSA, the CSS Profile, state grant programs, student loans, and verification.
F&M College Summit
F&M College Summit gives bright students from across Pennsylvania the chance to visit a college campus, meet students and professors, and learn about how to prepare for postsecondary education. Throughout the day, high school students talk with members of the F&M community about the diversity of university and college options, the transition from high school to college, the admission process, and scholarships and financial aid. Students have the opportunity to engage with faculty members about college majors and career paths in the field.