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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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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.

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