Gov. Snyder Declares October Michigan College Month

High schools across state hosting college application and financial aid campaigns throughout the month

Sept. 29, 2016 - LANSING, MICH. — Governor Rick Snyder has proclaimed October Michigan College Month. Hundreds of high schools statewide will kick off Michigan College Month on October 1 and will host concurrent college application and financial aid campaigns throughout the month.

The goal of “Michigan College Month” is to make sure that  every graduating senior has submitted at least one college application, applied for at least one scholarship and filed for Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by the end of October. Special efforts are being made to reach out to minority and low-income students as well as those who would be the first in their family to attend college.

“Encouraging students to invest in higher education is ultimately an investment in the future of Michigan,” said Governor Snyder. “I’m proud the month of October will be focused on providing students the tools and help they need to further their education. Helping students gain the skills they need through education can serve as a gateway to wonderful careers and unlimited opportunity.”

Several schools throughout Michigan will be designated host sites where activities will take place to guide high school seniors through completing a college application or applying for financial aid. Resources and materials will be provided to educators by Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) and schools will be dedicating classroom time to isolating the different parts of the application process so that seniors have a clear step-by-step understanding of how to determine what schools or training fits their needs.

In collaboration with area high schools, many Michigan colleges will be waiving their application fees or removing financial barriers that may hold students back.

“We want every graduating high school senior to believe they’re college material by submitting at least one college application and applying for financial aid,” said Brandy Johnson, MCAN Executive Director. “Navigating the college-going process is intimidating and this will help students understand this process, particularly first-generation college students.”

In the past, the push was to submit college applications in one month in October. MCAN, partnering  with the governor’s office, decided to expand the campaign from a week to a month and to combine applying for financial aid and applying to colleges. During the 2015 College Application Week, more than 48,000 college applications were submitted. 81.5 percent of graduating seniors participated in College Application Week activities and 66 percent of students completed their first college application during the week.

“Since we kicked off our efforts in 2011, we have seen significant increases in application submissions and overall college acceptance,” Johnson said. “We hope expanding our efforts throughout the entire month of October will grow our efforts even more to provide an educated and sustainable workforce for Michigan.”

 

About Michigan College Access Network
As the leader in the state’s college access movement, MCAN’s mission is to increase Michigan’s college readiness, participation and completion rates, particularly among low-income students, first-generation college going students, and students of color. For the sixth year in a row, Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate has increased -- from 35.7 percent of 25-to-64-year-olds possessing at least an associate degree in 2008, to 39.3 percent in 2014. Additionally, it is estimated another 4 percent of Michiganders have a high-quality certificate, bringing Michigan’s official attainment rate to 43.3 percent. It is MCAN’s goal to increase Michigan’s postsecondary educational attainment rate to 60 percent by the year 2025. For more information, visit micollegeaccess.org

 

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