The American College Application Campaign, launched by the American Council on Education (ACE), is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue a postsecondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and ensure that each participating student submits at least one admissions application. 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. Follow-up support and materials regarding completing the college admissions and financial aid processes are distributed as well.
In New Hampshire, The NHHEAF Network launched the I Am College Bound campaign with the I Applied event in 2014, partnering with six public high schools and volunteers from around the state. That year, 264 students submitted 533 college applications. In November 2021, we will partner with 60 public high schools and anticipate working with roughly 3,000 high school seniors to submit approximately 14,000 college and program applications!
In support of I Applied, colleges and universities around the state waive application fees for students who submit applications during their I Applied event. This incentive both increases college access and drives applications for NH schools. In addition, the NH Department of Education, NH Charitable Foundation, and The NHHEAF Network also provide a number $500 scholarships to participating students.
The NHHEAF Network will coordinate the statewide I Filed FAFSA filing campaign and I Decided, a celebration of making a college decision in May.
During I Am College Bound: I Applied events at high schools, volunteers work one on one with seniors to provide guidance and support as they finalize and submit at least one college application, with special incentive to apply to NH schools (see above). Providing this space for students to receive direct support from caring, positive, and knowledgeable volunteers is truly the heart of I Applied. With college going rates down across the country and in New Hampshire, volunteer support for I Applied is more important than ever. We encourage you, school counselors, college admissions and financial aid officers, college access professionals, and dedicated community stakeholders to volunteer for one or more of our events listed below.
In support of health and safety for our school communities, staff, and volunteers, the I Applied events will be virtual this year. This format provides a special opportunity for you to engage with a school community that might not be in your backyard, so feel free to branch out and get to know new schools around the state!
Site Coordinators from the high schools will reach out to you prior to your registered I Applied event(s) with more details about times and links to join. The NHHEAF Network will provide an online training for all volunteers in late October (live and recorded). The training is required for new volunteers and recommended for all! Details will be sent out via email.
We appreciate you and your institution posting about your participation in this event by using #collegeboundnh and by following us on IG, Facebook, and Twitter.
For any questions, please feel free to contact Cameron Owen (603.225.6612 ext.332), Volunteer Coordinator, or Shelby Miuzzo (603.227.5476), IACB State Coordinator. Thank you for volunteering for I Am College Bound: I Applied 2021!
Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Our online registration form has not yet opened, please try this page again at a later date.
If you have any questions, please contact Cameron Owen at 800.525.2577 x332.