What does it take to be a champion?

College for West Virginia (CFWV) coordinates three annual college-planning milestones to help students in West Virginia plan their pathway to education or training beyond high school.

High schools that successfully participate in all three of these pathway events will be recognized as a CFWV Champion of College Access and Success.

The three milestone events

The three milestones are College Application & Exploration Week, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Completion Campaign, and College Decision Day. Each of these milestones has specific components to help college-bound students in West Virginia transition to college.

Why this matters

These initiatives are more important now than ever to West Virginia. According to the West Virginia's Climb initiative, in the near future, we will need at least 60% of West Virginians to hold a certificate or degree in order to meet workforce demands. However, in 2016, only 31% of West Virginians held an associate degree or higher.

CFWV's three college-planning milestone events help support efforts to bridge that educational gap to ensure that West Virginia's workforce remains competitive.

The path to glory

To be recognized, high schools must do the following:

College Application & Exploration Week

College Application & Exploration Week is a chance for the entire school community to discuss college options and to promote college-going. Students attending all grades, from pre-K to adult education centers, participate in this initiative to learn about colleges and careers. Hundreds of schools statewide participate each year. This campaign typically occurs in early fall.

Learn more about College Application & Exploration Week.

  • Register for and participate in College Application & Exploration Week

    October 30- November 3, 2023

  • Complete the College Application & Exploration Week post-event survey

    Deadline: January 2024

  • Please note that for the 2023-2024 Champion qualification year only, the 60% statewide FAFSA goal and the 5 percentage point annual improvement is being waived. Schools that meet the statewide FAFSA completion rate reported on the CFWV FAFSA dashboard as of July 1, 2024, will meet this milestone.

    Deadline: July 1, 2024

  • Register for and participate in College Decision Day

    Registration deadline: April 1, 2024
    Participation deadline: June 1, 2024

  • Complete the College Decision Day post-event survey

    Deadline: Within seven days after event

FAFSA Completion Campaign

Kicking off in conjunction with the launch of the FAFSA, the FAFSA Completion Campaign encourages all high school seniors to file the FAFSA as early as possible to meet state financial aid deadlines. CFWV challenges schools to meet the statewide FAFSA completion goal of 60% OR to increase their school’s FAFSA completion rate by 5 percentage points from the previous year by July 1, 2024.

Learn more about the FAFSA Completion Campaign.

College Decision Day

West Virginia’s College Decision Day initiative is part of a growing national effort to celebrate seniors for their postsecondary plans and to assist them and their families in enrolling in and transitioning to college. The campaign celebrates students who plan to pursue a two- or four-year degree, a career or technical certificate, a workforce training program, or military service. This initiative typically occurs during the spring.

Learn more about College Decision Day.