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DPSCD is Providing Students (K-12) and Families with a Planning  Roadmap to College  

Throughout October, DPSCD is participating in Michigan College and Financial Aid month. Several events and activities are planned for students, as early as Kindergarten to High School seniors, to support them successfully navigating the college and post-secondary education process, the goal is to ensure all students are college and career ready. We are on a mission to educate and empower every student, in every community, every day, to build a stronger Detroit.  

To kick off  Michigan College Month, on the first of October, DPSCD central office and school-based staff dressed in their college gear (T-shirts, hats, etc.) During school-wide meetings and classroom guidance lessons, counselors/college transition advisors (CTA’s) engaged students in conversations around the topics that are grade specific, such as, “What is college?” (K-5), “College Options” (6-8), & “College Planning” (9-12) throughout the month.   

Tuesday, October 5, DPSCD’s High School Transformation team will host a virtual district-wide Financial Aid and Detroit Promise Scholarship information session at 6 p.m. via Teams This session is specifically designed for DPSCD seniors and their families. It will include guidance on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. Later in the month, on Thursday, October 28, families and students are invited to join the  virtual Historically Black Colleges and Universities Night (HBCU) at 5:30 p.m. This will be an informative session to learn about HBCUs and their numerous benefits.   

Student HBCU application fees will be waived by leveraging the partnership with Common Black College Application. Prospective students would normally pay $20. By completing this one application, seniors can apply to more than 60 HBCU schools at one time. Students, please work with your school counselor for support, from discussing options, programs, and resources, to submitting the college applications correctly.   

Along with the DPSCD events outlined above, additional activities will occur at every DPSCD high school including:  

-School-wide college awareness activities. 
-Seniors will complete at least one college/post-secondary program application.  Seniors will register for their FAFSA Pin (identification to help access the status of applications and to apply for resources). 
-Seniors will apply for the Detroit Promise, a last-dollar tuition free option for students. All DPSCD seniors who live in Detroit are eligible. 
-Informational sessions with college admissions representatives. 
-College visits. 
-Financial Aid Nights (information sessions for students and families). 
-Financial Aid Workshops (opportunities for families to complete their FAFSA).   

DPSCD and school leaders are excited to bring these resources and support to students and families. All are encouraged to participate, from Kindergarten to Seniors. For more information, please contact your school counselor. They are on a mission to help your students to rise!