Common Application Staff Provide Guidance, Encouragement at Area High Schools

Nov 25, 2015

Common Application Staff Provide Guidance, Encouragement at Area High Schools

The Common Application Supports College Access Fairfax in Application Workshops

Throughout November, National College Application Month, staff from The Common Application visited public high schools in Fairfax County, VA to help students onsite with their applications for a project with College Access Fairfax. College Access Fairfax is an organization that assists parents and students, many of which are the first in their family to go to college, in understanding the financial aid system.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with The Common Application on this project,” said College Access Fairfax Founder and Chairman Tessie Wilson. “We are all working to help students access post secondary education, and we look forward to collaborating on other projects to achieve that goal.”

Seniors at Falls Church, J.E.B. Stuart, and Mount Vernon High Schools, many of which were first generation students, received one-on-one support from College Access Fairfax and Common Application staff on creating their Common Applications, reviewing personal essays, and researching scholarship opportunities.

"Having Common Application staff visit these local high schools to connect  with students is an important step," said  CEO Paul Mott. “We want to learn from these experiences –  especially those in our own community – what else we may do to serve students in communities across this country and close the equity gap too many face when applying to college.”

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About The Common Application

The Common Application is a not-for-profit member organization of more than 600 leading colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. Since 1975, The Common Application has been committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year, more than 850,000 students use The Common Application online system to submit more than 3.5 million applications. To learn more, visit and follow @CommonApp #CommonApp.

About College Access Fairfax

College Access Fairfax helps students and parents understand the process of student financial aid for post-secondary education. This includes defining financial aid terms, explaining important deadlines, and assisting in completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile. College Access Fairfax offers parent/student seminars, financial awareness seminars for middle school parents, Financial Aid Champions, and one-on-one FAFSA completion clinics. For more information and program schedule, please visit