Virginia high school seniors setting a positive example in higher education

Students from Fairfax County in Virginia are leading the state in terms of college enrollment, according to the Fairfax Times.

A recent report published by the Department of Education and the State Council for Higher Education for Virginia revealed that more seniors graduating high school in Fairfax County enrolled in college than other counties. Approximately 74 percent of students graduating from Fairfax County Public Schools enrolled in community colleges or four-year institutions within 16 months of leaving school, 12 percentage points higher than the state average.

"These reports present a clearer picture of the success of schools, school divisions and the commonwealth in preparing young Virginians for postsecondary education and training," Patricia Wright, superintendent of public instruction, said in a statement.

Virginia is also setting an example for the rest of the country in terms of college transparency. According to the Huffington Post, students filling out college applications will soon be able to look into the earnings potential of different schools thanks to a centralized database of university information.

If you're doing a college search, look into things like graduation rates, tuition and the availability of financial aid packages such as scholarships.

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