October is College Application Month

For the second year the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, high schools and community-based organizations around the state have joined the nationwide College Application Month campaign to encourage earlier college applications from students who might otherwise apply late in the school year or not apply at all.

“Students can feel overwhelmed by the process of choosing and applying for college or other postsecondary training, particularly first-generation students who do not have an immediate family member who attended college,” ISAC Executive Director Eric Zarnikow said in a news release.

Illinois has joined 38 other states and the District of Columbia in the American College Application Campaign. The primary purpose of College Application Month is to help high school seniors navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one postsecondary institution. Many planned activities occur during the school day, with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college.

More than 200 local College Application Month workshops are scheduled throughout Illinois. A listing of events is available at www.collegechangeseverything.org/appmonth/.

The ISACorps, a team of more than 100 of near-peer mentors based throughout the state will provide school support, participate in workshops and appear in web seminars during the month to help students explore careers and apply to colleges. A list of ISACorps members and their contact information is available at www.ISAC.org.