UVA Equity Center Up and Running With ‘FAFSA Parties’


The reason Alejandro Gonzalez made the 40-minute drive Wednesday night from his Greene County home to the Southwood Community Center, south of Charlottesville, was simple:  He dreams of seeing one of his three children go to a four-year college.

The college application process can pose many challenges. Inside a small room at the center, Gonzalez’s daughter, Cindy, faced her biggest test: the college essay.

Gonzalez, a senior at William Monroe High School, came to the right place. As part of a program put on by the University of Virginia’s newly established Equity Center, Gonzalez and a number of other high school students in and around Charlottesville got tips from Valerie Gregory, UVA’s associate dean of undergraduate admission, on how to write an essay, as well as the application process in general.

The evening also featured talks from associate professor of medicine Dr. Max Luna; Latino community members working in various fields; and UVA faculty members and students helped the high school students and their parents fill out Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms, better known as the dreaded “FAFSA.” (READ MORE)

Source: UVA Today (Whitelaw Reid)