CFWV Education and Outreach Newsletter
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West Virginia's 13th annual College Application and Exploration Week will be held across the state from October 31-November 4, 2022.

College Application and Exploration Week is a chance for the entire school community to discuss college options and promote college-going. Schools that are the most successful start small, then add components every year. Often, practices initiated for College Application and Exploration Week become infused within the school culture year-round.

Hundreds of elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, adult education classes, community centers, home school groups, and many other educational community groups across West Virginia participate each year. Additionally, our institutions of higher education often support this initiative in a variety of ways.

To be recognized as an official participant, schools and community organizations must register.  Schools that register before October 7 will receive a FREE toolkit.  Additional lessons, resources, and information will be provided via email and online.


1. An Online College-Going Culture Assessment Survey: This assessment tool can help you evaluate your school community's level of maturity when it comes to developing a strong college-going culture. There are no official scores. However, this information will help WVHEPC follow regional and county data trends. You may find the survey within the registration, the toolkit, and here:

2.  College Fair Applications:  Site Coordinators who are overseeing SENIORS in high school, please keep track of the applications submitted during your college fairs. These numbers can be counted toward your yearly total.

3.  Multi-School Level Responsibility Registration:  If you are responsible for multiple groups of students, please register each group individually.  For example, if your school is a K-8 school, please register for both elementary and middle school.
Register for CAEW
College-Going Culture Assessment
This assessment tool can help you evaluate your school community's level of maturity when it comes to developing a strong college-going culture. There are no official "grades" or "scores." However, WVHEPC will be using the information to track regional and county data trends. Your help is very much appreciated.
If you find that you are scoring your school community lower in some areas, this may be a good area on which to focus. To ensure a strong foundation, start at the lowest level of the Change Maker's Pyramid (as seen above) you feel is applicable for your school. 
For information, strategies, resources, and practical action steps to help you develop, strengthen, or sustain a college-going culture in your school community, please visit for the complete College-Going Culture Toolkit.
College-Going Culture Assessment
CFWV will begin texting the Class of 2023 soon!
Now is the time to begin registering your senior students in the Txt-4-Success initiative.  Students will begin receiving 2-3 texts per month beginning in October.  The text messages sent to students serve as general college reminders and advice, such as key deadlines and regular check-ins to make sure students are transitioning well into college life. Students attending one of our partner institutions will receive additional messages specific to their college. Additionally, students who opt-in to the service can text at any time to have any of their college questions answered by a college access advisor. For additional information, please visit:

It is important that College For West Virginia continually work to improve the quality of our portal and the service that we provide. In order to promote best practices and support the users of the portal, we need direct feedback from you. Your feedback in regard to CFWV and the Professional Center will help us continue to improve the quality of service that we provide.

CFWV is considering offering monthly, virtual 30-minute mini-trainings on the site that highlight specific features and best practices. Your feedback will help direct the topics and times of these mini-training sessions.

Your answers will be kept confidential and will be used for the sole purpose of program support and improvement. This survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

Please feel free to contact Heather McChesney, Coordinator of Curriculum, Professional Development, and Education Initiatives at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, if you have any questions regarding this survey.

Once again, we thank you for your time and for using!
CFWV Usage Survey 2022-2023
September 16: #WhyApply Day
September 26-30: National GEAR UP Week
October 1: FAFSA and State Aid applications open
October 7: Last day to register for College Application and Exploration Week
October 31-Noveber 4: College Application and Exploration Week
November 8: First-Generation College Celebration
December 31: Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars deadline
March 1: Promise and WV STEM Scholarship deadline
April 1 - June 1: College Decision Day
April 15 - June 1: WV Nursing Scholarship Program Application Open
July TBD: Student Success Summit
July 15: Underwood-Smith Teaching Scholars Application Opens
West Virginia College Day Tour Information and Calendar
#WhyApply Day is September 16th!

This fall, students across the country will be submitting college applications and celebrating their plans for the future. Hundreds of thousands of them will do so when schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia host American College Application Campaign (ACAC) events. To celebrate college application season and our students, College for West Virginia encourages participating in the #WhyApply social media campaign.

What is #WhyApply Day?

#WhyApply Day is sponsored by the American College Application Campaign, an initiative of ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, which partners with College for West Virginia each fall to host events supporting students through the college application process, especially first-generation college students and those from low-income families who may not otherwise apply to college. This year, we hope all West Virginia high schools will participate and join us in celebrating postsecondary education.

#WhyApply Day kicks off the college application season and provides encouragement for students. Though state campaigns, like College Application and Exploration Week and college fairs will run from September through December, the goal of #WhyApply Day is to kick off the season and to utilize social media to encourage students as they begin the application process.

How to show your support

On Friday, September 16, 2022, College for West Virginia encourages everyone to wear your college gear (t-shirt, hats, pins, etc.) and share why you believe students should apply to college and/or why you applied to college, using the hashtag #WhyApply. Then share your response on your and your school's favorite social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). Be sure to tag @CFWV in all of your posts! Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. Not sure what to post? You might:

-Type a short post in your status. Make sure you include a photo in your post! You can use one of the ones provided at the link below
-Make a video of yourself, your kids, or your friends answering the question
-Write your answer on a piece of paper (feel free to use the #WhyApply template provided) and post a photo of you holding it

#WhyApply Day Toolkit and Resources
Help your students register for the
Monthly Scholarship & Financial Aid Updates Newsletter.
For additional tutorials and video resources, be sure to subscribe to CFWV's YouTube Channel.
For additional tutorials and video resources, be sure to subscribe to CFWV's YouTube Channel.
Financial Aid Workshops and Toolkit

The counselor workshops provide high school counselors with updates about the FAFSA, federal financial aid, state financial aid, and more! Counselors will also be introduced to the new West Virginia Student Aid Management (WVSAM) system where students will apply for the Promise Scholarship, WV Invests Grant, and other state financial aid programs.
Financial Aid Counselor Workshops
Financial Aid Workshop ToolKit

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress, including thoughts of suicide, behavioral health crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.  People of all ages can call or text 988 or chat for themselves or a loved one who they worry may need crisis support.  988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help988 also serves as the Veterans Crisis Line (press 1 option).  Read more about 988 at

First Choice Services serves as West Virginia’s 988 center with funding from the Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) of the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  First Choice Services also operates several state helplines with DHHR and SAMHSA support, including the following:

  • "Help 304 Emotional Strengthline"  (1-877-HELP304), a Crisis Counseling Program for pandemic-related stress.
  • 'WV211" to help people locate social services in their communities.
  • "Jobs & Hope WV" (1-8338-784-1385),  to link West Virginians in recovery with opportunities to obtain career training and meaningful employment.
  • "Problem Gambling Network of WV" (1-800-GAMBLER), a 24/7 helpline for referrals to gambling addiction specialists and support groups.
  • "Tobacco Quitline" (1-800-QUIT-NOW)

Since the new three-digit dialing code went live on July 16, 2022, 855 calls have been received in West Virginia. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which remains active for those who call.

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Stay in the know.  Please follow CFWV on all of our social media platforms.  Invite your students to do the same.  Should you or your students need to contact a CFWV or Financial Aid Representative, please do not hesitate to do so via our social media platforms or call toll free, 1-877-987-7664.
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