Did you know that college graduates are half as likely to be unemployed than those with only a high school diploma, and they are more likely to vote and be leaders in their communities? What's more, income inequalities are often driven by a lack of access to college.
The American College Application Campaign is a national effort to increase the number of first-generation students and students from low-income families pursuing a college degree or other higher education credential, and the Pennsylvania College Application Campaign (PCAC) is part of the national ACAC effort.
The campaign's mission is to help eligible high school students navigate the complex college admissions process and ensure they apply to at least one postsecondary institution. The effort occurs during the school day, with a focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college.
Since ACAC's beginning in 2005, nearly 6 million college applications have been submitted. By 2014, the program expanded to all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with more than 4,000 schools hosting programs. During the 2020 campaign year, more than 3.69 million students were served nationally.
Economic health and social viability of a democratic society is frequently determined by the education of its citizens. The Pennsylvania College Application Campaign (PCAC) and the American College Application Campaign (ACAC) want to help students by removing the barriers to postsecondary education access.
Many colleges will often waive the application fee during application events. Students can apply to any of the commonwealth's community colleges, independent colleges, and public universities.
Interested in hosting an event? Submit a form online.