Senate Adopts Sens. Scott and Coons’s Resolution Designating November as National College Application Month

WASHINGTON – This week, the Senate unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) designating November as National College Application Month. The bipartisan resolution encourages students to look toward their future and consider their college options.

“A quality education is the key to unlocking countless opportunities,” said Senator Scott. “As we emerge from the pandemic, we must continue working to ensure that nothing stands in the way of a positive future for our young people. With today’s resolution, we affirm our commitment to breaking barriers to higher education and encourage all students — regardless of age — to pursue their dreams and continue their educational journey.”

“Higher education provides an important path for students, but not all students are aware of their options. National College Application Month tells students to dream big and emphasizes the importance of exploring their resources and opportunities,” said Senator Coons. “I’m excited to bring my colleagues together in recognition of this important moment in so many people’s lives.”

Colleges and universities provide pathways to economic opportunity, but there has been a decline in enrollment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for students in poverty and students of color. The bipartisan resolution notes that there is value in identifying and comparing postsecondary options and encourages all students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In addition to Senators Scott and Coons, the resolution was cosponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). A companion piece was also introduced in the House by Representatives Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) and Susan Wild (D-Pa.).

Read full text of the resolution here.