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President Huftalin Covers Utah College Application Week on Fox 13

Salt Lake Community College President Deneece G. Huftalin appeared on Fox 13's The Place to talk about Utah College Application Week, which begins Nov. 9 and actually goes until Nov. 20. It's an annual Utah System ofHigher Education event when elected officials, college and university presidents and school leaders speak to almost 20,000 high school seniors in over 120 schools throughout the state about the value of a college education. It's also a time when seniors in participating high schools apply to college during the school day.

SLCC President Deneece G. Huftalin talks with The Place's Brittany Graham.

The information below includes some of what Huftalin touched on during her segment on Fox 13.

·      The weeklong event focuses on first-generation, underserved and low-income students who might be less likely to apply to or enroll in college.

·      Throughout the week officials at school are available to guide students through the college application process.

·      Almost 100 percent of the students who applied to a college during the weeklong event last year applied to an institution in Utah.

·      More than 85 percent of high school seniors who took part in the 2016 event reported that their interest in attending college significantly increased

·      Every state participates in some kind of College Application Week event.

During the weeklong event, seniors are given information about why college is important, what it can lead to and how to go about the process of applying.

·      Good-paying jobs for those with only a high school diploma are no longer plentiful.

·      Employers increasingly require some sort of college degree, certificate or training

·      College is valuable for teaching skills in communication, critical thinking and social awareness.

·      College graduates earn $830,000 more in a lifetime than those with only a high school diploma.

·      College experience can consist of earning a one-year certificate with quicker entry into the job market, a two-year associate degree or a four-year degree and beyond.

·      To begin working as an electrician, for example, you can get started with just a one-year certificate.
·      A respiratory therapist, also a good-paying job, you just need a two-year associate degree.

·      In other words, there is a college or university program of study somewhere in Utah that will be a right fit for a high school senior who is currently contemplating a higher education.

This special week is also a chance to talk with students about taking advantage of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA).

·      Submitting a FAFSA form is the only way for students to determine if they qualify for federal and state financial aid.

·      Every student who completes a FAFSA form will qualify for some type of financial aid.

·      By not submitting FAFSA forms, Utah students last year left $36.5 million in unclaimed federal Pell grant money.

·      And Utah is last in the nation for the percentage of eligible students who complete the FAFSA.

·      In other words, students, maybe with the help of their parents, legal guardians or school officials, need to start the FAFSA process today.

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