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.
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. October is a perfect time of the year to conduct these events.
When seniors apply to a North Dakota college during their school’s event, Bank of North Dakota pays one $35 application fee per student.