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Denver Public Schools Students Can Use One Free Application to Apply to 60 Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Feb. 24, 2021

DENVER – Denver Public Schools (DPS) students interested in applying to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) can now use the Common Black College Application (CBCA) — a single application for up to 60 HBCUs — at no cost, thanks to a partnership between DPS and the CBCA.

“The CBCA is deeply aligned to our district’s core value of equity, and we are thrilled to bring this opportunity to DPS students as they prepare for success beyond graduation,” said Bernard McCune, Senior Executive Director of Career and College Success for DPS.

Students using the CBCA can save hundreds of dollars in individual application fees and are automatically considered for scholarship funds when they apply. Many CBCA applicants have been admitted to several HBCUs and awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships. While each individual institution has its own timeline from application to college acceptance, the CBCA serves as a convenient portal for students to submit their application materials, transcripts and test scores.

“In the 2019-20 school year, more than 90% of students who used the CBCA reported being accepted to at least one HBCU, and more than 70% of students planned to attend an HBCU,” said Robert Mason, CBCA’s founder.

DPS will offer the Common Black College Application to students through March 1, 2022. Seniors and rising seniors will need to work with their school counselors to utilize this application site. Additionally, students will receive outreach from HBCUs about their application status, scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and school-specific information from admission representatives.

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