Michigan College Month


October is Michigan College Month!

 

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.


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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.

 

Registration

This year, MCAN has created two registration options for participating schools, Partner Sites and Affiliate Sites. Partner Sites who register by July 20th, 2018 will receive promotional materials and a greater level of support from MCAN but will have data reporting requirements. Affiliate Sites will not receive promotional materials, but will have no data reporting 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 either a Partner Site or an Affiliate 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 are having any technical difficulties completing the registration process, please reference a support guide here.  This document includes a quick overview of the registration process, adding members to applications, and submitting your registration.
 
For a list of 2017 Michigan College Month participating Host Sites click below:

 

Resources

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

Webinars 

Michigan College Month Resources:

 

Questions

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

 

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