CPS Students Rush To Finish College Applications With Friday Deadline

Mike Krauser
November 01, 2019 - 7:41 am
College Applications

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Now that the teacher’s strike is over, it’s a race for some students to get college applications completed and sent off Friday.

During the strike, students in many cases did not have access to counselors, teachers, and transcripts. Therefore, on Friday, students will be lining up to see their guidance counselor, for the purpose of getting those transcripts.

“Even though the teachers were fighting for us, I feel like we were the ones that were being affected,” said Rafael Soto, a student Eric Solorio Academy High School in Gage Park.

He told CBS 2, while some schools have extended deadlines, others have not. The deadline to apply for early college admissions is Nov. 1.

“For UIC, right now my application is incomplete, since I can’t do that with my counselor,” Soto said.

Soto said he lost out on the possibility of a soccer scholarship. The Solorio team was the number one seed, but missed out on playoffs because of the strike. Soto, and many others on the team, missed out on exposure to college scouts.

“They took away the possibility of me getting certain scholarships by scouts that wouldn’t be able to go to the games,” Soto said.