Michigan College Month

October is Michigan College Month!


   Across the State              Why One Month
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Across the State

 Michigan College Month is part of a national initiative with the goal to provide every graduating high school senior the opportunity to apply to college and for financial aid. Special focus is placed on assisting students who would be the first in their families to attend college and students who may not have otherwise seriously considered applying to college. Michigan College Month can open the door for students by encouraging them to take the most significant steps toward college in their senior year. Michigan College Month emphasizes the relationship between applying to and paying for college and helps break down some of the most complex and commonly cited barriers to attending college.


Why one month

Due to Prior-Prior Year FAFSA legislation, the most significant and intensive steps in the college-going process now happen in the fall each year. During Michigan College Month, schools will have all of October to plan and implement events to support students as they apply to college and file the FAFSA. The month-long structure gives schools the flexibility to schedule these events based on their local needs and challenges in order to best serve their students and families. Additionally, by providing resources to counselors in the beginning of the school year, they will be better equipped and prepared to follow-up with those students who need additional help over the coming months.

Participating Schools are not expected to hold a month full of events. Schools should use the month format to find a schedule of events that best meets their school needs. If the weeklong format from College Application Week works best, schools should feel free to condense the initiative into one week.



This year, MCAN has created two registration options for participating schools, Partner Sites and Host Sites. Partner Sites will receive promotional materials and a greater level of support from MCAN but will have slightly higher requirements in registration and data collection. Host Sites will not receive promotional materials, but will have no data collection requirements from MCAN. For a preview of the Partnership Agreement, including the commitments by both the Partner Site and MCAN, please click here.

If you are interested in joining us as a Partner Site this Fall, please go to www.mcan.fluidreview.com and create an account (Note: If you already have an MCAN FluidReview account, your existing username and password will give you access). Once logged in, click on "View Grants," select Michigan College Month, and then click "Create Submission." Using this system will allow us to funnel our communications and requests into one location, and should bypass many issues we've had in the past with school spam filters. 

If you would like to register as a Host Site, and thereby not receive promotional materials, you may register here.

Check out the list of high schools hosting College Month activities:


Check out these two helpful videos: Michigan College Application Week - Apply Yourself! and Paying for College - Get Your Hands On Some Cash 













MCAN provides resources for planning and implementing a Michigan College Month event as well as a variety of application, admissions, and financial aid resources. 


Michigan College Month Resources: Google folder link

  • All of the folders are "view only" except the "Resources from Host Sites" folder - this is open for anyone to edit, so please share the resources and examples you have created for your school



Questions regarding Michigan College Month should be directed to Connor McLaughlin, program assistant. He can be contacted via email at Connor(a)micollegeaccess.org, or by calling (517) 316-1713.


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