The goal of the Arizona College Application Campaign (AzCAC) is to increase the number of low-income students who apply to at least one institution of higher education during their senior year in high school.
The steps taken to accomplish this goal will assist in building a college-going culture in Arizona’s high schools that benefits students, their families, and the community. A college going culture would include the expectation that ALL Seniors submit an application to at least one postsecondary institution in the Fall and submit a Free Application for Financial Student Aid or FAFSA in the early Spring.
If effective the Arizona College Application Campaign will become an annual statewide event like College Goal Sunday and Saturday Too! Both initiatives have the potential to be embedded in high school event calendars across the state. The campaign will be inclusive of all sectors of public and private postsecondary education, with the objective of fostering a state-wide effort that expands students’ postsecondary education opportunities leading to a certificate, associate, or baccalaureate degree.
AzCAC joins a growing number of states that have initiated campaigns to advance the college aspirations of high school students, in partnership with the American College Application Campaign (ACAC). The ACAC is sponsored by the American Council for Education. ACAC began with just one North Carolina high school in 2005. Today, ACAC's mission is shared by more than 1,500 schools in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Arizona educators are pleased to join this nationwide effort, and will launch a full scale Campaign in November 2014 to help fulfill the college aspirations of high school students attending the state's urban, rural, and charter schools.