Michigan College Month

October is Michigan College Month!


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Across the State

As a result of Prior-Prior Year (PPY) FAFSA legislation, MCAN is changing the structure of our College Application Week and College Cash Campaign initiatives. Instead of hosting separate initiatives, MCAN is declaring October Michigan College Month, where high schools will host concurrent college application and financial aid campaigns throughout the month of October. The goal of Michigan College Month is that by the conclusion of October, every graduating senior has submitted at least one college application, applied for at least one scholarship, and filed the FAFSA. Within the month of October, there is flexibility around scheduling and schools and set agendas that work best for them.

For the 2016-17 school year, schools also have the option of hosting traditional College Application Week and College Cash Campaign events. MCAN will transition away from these events for Fall 2017.

Governor Snyder has proclaimed October as Michigan College Month!


Site Coordinator Training

MCAN provides webinar trainings for site coordinators. The first will cover planning and executing Michigan College Month events, the significant changes to this year’s structure, the resources available for site coordinators, suggested timelines for planning, and host site expectations. The second will walk through data collection/tracking and volunteer recruitment. The trainings are scheduled as follows:

Site Coordinator/Michigan College Month Overview

View recording here

Download PowerPoint here

Data Collection/Reporting and Volunteer Recruitment

View recording here

Download PowerPoint here

Using Parchment During Michigan College Month

Wednesday, October 5
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – register here



Inspired by the national concept, the purpose of Michigan College Application Week is to target low-income students, first-generation college going students, and those who would have not otherwise considered college. Our goal is to help all graduating high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and provide the opportunity to complete at least one application by the conclusion of Michigan College Application Week at host high schools. Every year, we produce a final report outlining our College Application Week efforts and success. It is available for download below.


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










Host Sites

Host sites are expected to host activities for completing applications and the FAFSA during Michigan College Month throughout October (or during October 24 – 28, if they elect to host a traditional College Application Week campaign). Regardless of the structure they choose, their activities will take place during the school days and hours. Each host site creates and sets their own schedule that fits the needs of the school building. Due to summer break, host sites are not expected to start planning until the last week of August.

Host Site List 

Click the button for a map of the 2016 host sites.


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

Site Coordinator Listserv: Google group link

College Participation Spreadsheet: Box.com link
  • This spreadsheet provides the basic application information for all colleges in Michigan including where to apply, fees, essay requirements, and recommendation letter requirements.


June 13, 2016- Registered schools are guaranteed to receive promotional materials. 

September 12, 2016 - Final College Application Week deadline - no guarantee that registered schools will receive promotional materials.

We welcome you to utilize the free resources available on our website to support your activities.


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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