The Equity Center, U.Va.

The Equity Center

A UVA Democracy Initiative center for the redress of inequity through community-engaged scholarship



FAFSA and College Essay Parties


The Equity Center will host college access parties across the Charlottesville area designed to increase student access to higher education.

On November 13-14th, 2019, high school juniors, seniors, recent graduates, and their families will be able to receive support directly in their local neighborhoods. Advisors will be on-site to help families gain access to money for college by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Students and family members will also receive information and guidance on how to complete a college essay in ways that strengthen the college application packet.

Attendees will get help completing the FAFSA forms and help understanding the process.

Attendees will also get help drafting a winning college essay.

We will have food, fast internet, and more.

Cost: This event is free

Food: Light food will be free. Dietary preferences can be requested on the registration form with adherence to registration deadlines. 


FASFA/College Application Parties will be held in local Charlottesville neighborhoods on two separate days and at seven different locations!

November 13, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Click HERE to download the event flyer.)

Southwood Community Center

November 14, 2019, 11:00 am -  1:00 pm (Click HERE to download the event flyer.)

Charlottesville High School 

November 14, 2019, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm (Click HERE to download the event flyer.)

City of Promise

Friendship Court

Yancey Community Center

Mount Zion Baptist Church

Event contacts:

Bonnie Gordon,

Melody Jackson,


FASFA Party registration for attendees is available through the online form below. Attendees should register by November 7, 2019 or earlier as space is limited. Once available slots are filled, registration will close.


Please indicate if you are in school, a recent graduate, or family member such as parent or care giver.
Please provide any information about your food preference: (select all that apply)
Please let us know if you have any additional dietary restrictions, preferences, or food allergies.
Please select a FAFSA Party date and location.
If you would like childcare during the event, please use the box to describe the number of children, ages, and any additional care requirements.
If requesting childcare, please enter the name, age, and dietary restriction for each child.