“College Month” Reminds Students to Apply for 2021-22 Financial Aid

October is a busy month for designations and proclamations. Along with being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Farm to School Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Agritourism Month, and several others, October is also “College Month”.

The proclamation is meant to remind students to make the most of financial resources available to them to make attending college a reality. Throughout the month of October, Michigan colleges will waive the National Association for College Admission Counseling application fee for any student who has demonstrated financial need.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened on October 1 for students looking at attending college for the 2021-22 school year. The sooner the application is filled out, the better the chances of getting aid. The Blue Water College Access Network is offering a free webinar called “Scholarships and Paying for College” on October 21st. Registration is online at sccresa.org.

Michigan’s 2021 fiscal year budget includes $30 million in funding for the Michigan Reconnect program, which provides a tuition-free pathway for adults looking to earn a postsecondary certificate or associate degree. The grants are administered by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland