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College Application Campaign. October 2013. American College Application Campaign. National effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. American Council on Education initiative

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College application campaign

College Application Campaign

  • October 2013


American college application campaign

American College Application Campaign

National effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.

  • American Council on Education initiative

    http://www.acenet.edu/about-ace/special-initiatives/Pages/ACAC.aspx

  • Focus on who might not otherwise apply or who may apply late in the application process

    • First-generation college students

    • Low-income students

  • Applying early can make a difference even for students with similar GPAs

    http://chronicle.com/blogs/headcount/what-colleges-can-learn-about-applicants-from-when-they-apply/34473


College application campaign 2012

College Application Campaign 2012

  • 24 states and DC participated in 2012

    • Nearly 1600 schools hosted events

    • Over 110,000 students participated

    • More than 184,000 applications submitted

  • Inaugural campaign in Illinois fall 2012

    • 33 high schools hosted 86 events

    • Nearly 2,000 students participated

    • Volunteers assist with workshops

  • Support provided to high schools

    • Implementation Guide

    • Volunteer opportunities

    • Online survey to measure effectiveness


College application campaign 2013

College Application Campaign 2013

  • National and state initiative

  • National level

    • 31 commitments and counting

  • Illinois

    • Going from one week to a month: October

    • Open to any high school interested in participating

    • Implementation Guide available at www.collegechangeseverything.com/appmonth

  • “College Application Month”


Logistics of college application month

Logistics of College Application Month

  • High school run event

    • Register CAM events by filling out registration form available on website

    • Indicate contact person at high school for volunteers to contact

  • Volunteers can assist

    • Volunteers are not there to recruit for or promote one specific college

    • Implementation guide has some guidelines on working with volunteers

  • Have teachers and other school personnel promote the event

    • Wear college paraphernalia

    • Wear “Ask Me About ___” buttons or place signs on doors

  • Program is done during the school day to ensure a good turnout

  • Coordinate fee waiver logistics ahead of event for students needing them


Post event activities

Post-Event Activities

  • Follow up with students who did not finish applications

  • Review online survey results

  • Set FAFSA completion workshop dates for after January 1

    • Work with ISACorps members if assistance is needed

    • If needed set up a financial aid presentation prior to FAFSA workshop

  • Sign up for ISAC’s eMesaging at www.isac.org

    If you have questions contact Abel Montoya at [email protected] or 847-831-8295.


College application campaign

Increase the proportion of Illinois adults with a postsecondary degree or credential to 60 percent by 2025

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