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123 Go!


From (1) finding the best fit, (2) to meeting application deadlines, (3) to figuring out how to pay for it all, the college process can be daunting and intimidating. We are offering a series of informational and hands-on events and resources to help Virginia students and families through the process to GO to college.

The 1-2-3 Go! initiative is co-sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Educational Credit Management Corporation. 

See details below and mark your calendars!

Step 1- Prepare

ECMC College Nights in Virginia

September 2019 - April 2020
ECMC (Educational Credit Management Corp.) has sponsored College Nights in Virginia every year since 2007. Participating locations across the Commonwealth provide opportunities for students and families to learn and receive information about planning and paying for college. Students attending events that are from high schools where 50% or more of the student body are eligible for free/reduced lunch will be able to enter a statewide drawing for one of twenty $1,000 scholarships. Events are open to the public. See College Nights locations

Step 2 - Apply  APPLY

Virginia College Application Week

November 18-22, 2019
College Application Week is part of a national initiative designed to increase the number of first- generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. Participating students are encouraged to submit at least one college application during the Week. In Virginia, select public high schools across the state coordinate a week of activities that provide their students hands-on college application assistance and resources, including application fee waivers and informational materials and support from postsecondary institutions. Visit our College Application Week page to learn more.

Step 3 - Pay PAY

Super FAFSA Project Virginia

October 2019 - December 2019
Super FAFSA Project Virginia is an annual statewide initiative designed to increase completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) throughout the Commonwealth. ECMC and SCHEV partner with select Virginia high schools to host events where public high school seniors and their families receive hands-on assistance completing the FAFSA. Additionally, families and counselors receive valuable information through webinars and downloadable materials. Visit the Super FAFSA Project page for more information.


Decision Days in Virginia

On or around May 1

Decision Day, sometimes referred to as Signing Day, celebrates the success of high school seniors in pursuing postsecondary education or training. Celebrations take place on or around May 1 to coincide with the deadline that most institutions use for students to submit enrollment decisions. Sites support students in making final decisions and remind them of next steps to enrollment. We encourage schools and communities to be creative when recognizing students and all postsecondary education decisions. See the Decision Day web page for creative ideas and resources to help plan your celebration and support your students' decisions.

Contact Information 

For more information, please contact Paula Robinson at

Former Governor McAuliffe's announcement of 1-2-3 Go!
Prepare for College Apply for College Pay for College Go! Section of 123 Go

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