Three Things You Can Do to Build a College-Going Community
Speaker - Michelle Sarumova, Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education

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Friday, April 20 – 8:30 a.m.

In this session, Michelle Sarumva outlined how the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) is working to build a 3-point “student momentum chain” from high school into college, with a goal of building a self-sustaining college-going community for each participating high school or district.1 The ACPE College and Career Goal Arizona (C²GA) Campaigns aim to accomplish this by bringing Title 1 high schools, postsecondary institutions, and their communities together to support low-income high school students and their families in applying and gaining financing for their chosen postsecondary education opportunities. Partners include postsecondary institutions across the state, the Helios Knowing and Going Initiative, the Arizona Association of Financial Aid Administrators, and the Arizona School Counselors Association.

The goals of C²GA are:

  • every senior completes at least one postsecondary education application,
  • every eligible senior files, on time, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and
  • all Arizona high schools set an expectation and provide support for every senior and their family to take the steps to participate in a postsecondary education experience, creating a college-going community.