College Application Month
Way to go North Dakota! More than 80 high schools have registered to host an event during College Application Month this October. When seniors apply to a North Dakota college during their school’s event, Bank of North Dakota pays one $35 application fee per student. Click here for the press release.
College Application Month (CAM) is part of a national initiative known as the American College Application Campaign. The American Council on Education started this program in 2005 with a single high school in North Carolina. Today, it reaches more than 250,000 schools in all 50 states. North Dakota was the final state to join the initiative in 2014.
The goal of CAM is to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential. Nationally, this effort has been extremely effective in meeting these needs with schools indicating that up to 77 percent of the applicants on these days were in that demographic.
In addition to applying for college, CAM also helps students and their parents learn about the FAFSA and begin that process. With changes to the FAFSA guidelines being implemented for the 2017-2018 college year, October is a perfect time of the year to conduct these events.