The goal of Utah College Application and Financial Aid Awareness Month is to provide every high school senior at our partner schools the opportunity to complete at least one college or university application during the school day and to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid during a coordinated FAFSA Night event with access to parents.
Utah College Application and Financial Aid Awareness Month events have a particular focus on students who would be the first in their families to attend college, low-income students, or students who may not have otherwise considered applying.
UCAW and FAFSA Night events take place every October in high schools around the state.
UCAW Coordinator Survey
In years past, the UCAW survey was provided to schools to administer to students to gather data on their event. To help reduce the number of surveys administered to students from USHE AND achieve the goal of UCAW which is to focus on students applying to college, USHE will ask UCAW Coordinators to submit a survey after their event to help collect data.
Here are a few resources for counselors to use during UCAW and Planning for College and Career Readiness meetings with students.
Additional materials and handouts are found in the UCAW Site Coordinator Manual
Need ideas on how to engage younger grades with UCAW? This document includes activities and lessons for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students.
Other K-12 resources:
UCAW Spanish Materials:
FAFSA Spanish Materials:
Other Language Materials:
Decision Day is a day of celebration in May to highlight your senior class post-secondary plans regardless of whether they plan to attend college, join the military, participate in religious service or enter the workforce. Below are planning resources in partnership with Reach Higher to help your school execute a celebration for seniors.
SLCC Admissions Application Instructions (English)
SLCC Admissions Application Instructions (Spanish)
The American College Application Campaign (ACAC) and the ACT center for equity and learning is a national initiative to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a post-secondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure each participating student submits at least one admissions application
The ACAC initiative began in 2005, in a single GEAR UP North Carolina high school in Chatham County. Since 2008, the number of states implementing a College Application program has been growing. In 2013 Utah joined ACAC as the 39th state. In 2014 all states jointed this national campaign.