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.
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.