Beaufort County Schools host College Application Day

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - It can be a very confusing process, but there's help out there that gives students a head start to get into college. Beaufort County Schools launched a district-wide College Application Day for high school seniors.

This comes just as President Barrack Obama offers a new plan to ease student loan debt.

With college getting more and more expensive, some are hoping President Obama's plan will ultimately allow more students to attend college.

High school seniors at Whale Branch Early College High School are eager to get started on their future.

"I'm looking into USC Columbia and Armstrong Atlantic State University," said Nicole Fulton, student. "I want to major in Biology and minor in Mortician."

That's why Nicole and others took part in the School District's College Application Day, which is a day set aside to help seniors from all of the county fill out their college applications on line, providing them with coaching and advice.

"We've got someone here from Armstrong, TCL and they are here answering questions. They are here to help and assist with the applications," said Priscilla Drake, WBECHS Principal.

It's help many of these students like Ajhia Howard appreciate.

"It meant a lot to me because it's the first time I actually did start my applications," said Howard.

"There were some questions I didn't know the answers to but now that they're here, they can help me," said Keith Henderson, student.

"It takes a lot off my hands," said Fulton. "I'm getting a lot of direction on what to do and not."

"For a lot of our students, they are from homes where they are the first students to go to college," said Drake. "A lot of the parents may not have the background in applying to college."

Educators are hoping by holding this district-wide College Application Day, more students will pursue a college education.

"It's allowing them to get on the Internet and really see all these colleges and opportunities out there for them," said Jody Cummins with the Technical College of the Lowcountry.  "I think it's going to have a tremendous impact."

With the increasing cost of college, some say news of Obama's plan to help reduce student loan payments is encouraging.

"Anything, it will help a lot," said Fulton.

"One of the things that detours students from going to college is the ability to pay for college and pay their loans back," said Drake.  "A lot of them become discouraged because of that.  So as a result of assistance from the Obama plan, the military, scholarships or other kinds of awards, it is a motivation for students."

The School District is going to be holding workshops for parents on how to finance their children's education. For parents in southern Beaufort County, the workshop will be held 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Hilton Head High School. In the northern part of the county, the workshop will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at Beaufort High School.

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