Chicopee High helps make college application process easier for seniors

Students were able to meet with representatives from 5 colleges Wednesday for help with filling out their application.

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The college application is a part of preparing for college that many high school seniors dread.

Chicopee High School is trying to make that process a little bit easier by participating in Mass Gear Up. Students were able to meet with representatives from five colleges Wednesday for help with filling out their application.

“It’s not as stressful as it normally would be going through the full-out college application. Here, you’re one on one talking to somebody, you’re able to ask questions right there hands on,” said Cassidy Snopek, a Chicopee High School Senior.

In addition to getting help with their application, students also had their application fee waived. That price can vary depending on the college, but usually costs about $50 per application.

“The unknown of next year is upon them. So if we provide an opportunity where they can meet with college representatives and really go over the application process and they actually get an on-the-spot decision, it’s a win-win,” said Dianne Vecchiarelli, Head Guidance Counselor at Chicopee High School.

It was good news for Chicopee senior Gehrig Burnett Wednesday morning. “I just went over to the Western New England table, I get to fill out an application with the fee waiver so I don’t have to pay, and then I just found out on the spot that I got into Western New England and I received the $20,000 top merit scholarship,” Burnett said.

Chicopee High is encouraging all their seniors to apply to at least one college.

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