Ensure that students are applying to college.

College Application Month, or CAM, is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential.  The Delaware Department of Education encourages all high schools to offer informational events and activities to help students and parents with the college application process.

For 2015, the Delaware Higher Education Office, in partnership with the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration, lead the state initiative by providing volunteers and technical assistance to all district and charter high schools.

We are also partnering with organizations such as the American Council on Education and $tandbyMe®.

Create a college-going atmosphere at each school by celebrating seniors’ college acceptances.

Celebrating student success regarding college acceptance is one way to create a college-going atmosphere for the entire school. By praising commitment to postsecondary education or training, schools are creating awareness among younger students who may not consider going to college.

High schools throughout the state are celebrating their students’ college acceptances by: creating displays to highlight which colleges students will attend, holding assemblies and pep rallies to recognize these students, and — in partnership with the College Board and in coordination with National Decision Day — distributing backpacks with the student-designed Delaware Goes to College logo to all seniors with post-secondary plans..

Raise awareness about the importance of FAFSA completion to help pay for college.

Through targeted marketing campaigns and increased professional development, we are raising awareness about the importance of FAFSA completion.

During the 2014-15 school year, we partnered with the U.S. Department of Education on their FAFSA campaign month and with our local post-secondary institutions to provide professional development to counselors and community organizations on financial aid. We also helped support the tracking process to monitor student completion of the FAFSA.

Financial aid information sessions and workshops providing individual assistance in completing the FAFSSA were held throughout the state for parents and students. These efforts will continue in the upcoming school year.

Help students and parents fulfill all requirements to start college in the fall.

Summer Melt refers to students who apply to college, complete their financial aid forms, receive acceptance letters, plan to attend, but never make it to campus in the fall. Families must take many steps during the summer that can be challenging.

Our Higher Education Office has provided information and timelines to keep students on-track during the summer between high school graduation and college registration in the fall with important reminders regarding orientation, housing information, form deadlines, and much more!