Welcome to College & Career Goal Arizona
College & Career Goal Arizona (C2GA) comprises the Arizona College Application Campaign and College Goal FAF$A, based on the student's pathway as documented in their Education and Career Action Plan or ECAP. C2GA is a statewide initiative coordinated by the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education that promotes partnerships among high schools, postsecondary institutions, families, and communities statewide with the purpose of implementing strategies designed to (1) increase the number of students making applications to a postsecondary education institution and (2) increase the number of seniors and returning adults applying for and securing student financial aid.
The College Application Campaign provides a supported, cohort approach where high school staff and peer support fills the role of an experienced, college savvy adult who informs, motivates, and prods students toward submitting, on time, a college application. More than 250,000 applications were filed in 39 states following this format in 2013, through the American College Application Campaign organized by the American Council on Higher Education with financial support from Lumina. Arizona is a part of this national campaign.
College Goal FAF$A takes place in various locations and its goal is to assist college or postsecondary education bound individuals who are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. At their high schools, seniors and their families are provided a cohort support to file the FAFSA, or if not eligible receive information regarding other resources and strategies. In addition, weekend workshops are held at postsecondary institutions and other community locations to provide assistance for FAFSA completion for high school seniors and their families, as well as returning adult students.
Early FAFSA allows students and families to submit the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as October 1, 2016. This is three months earlier than the former submission date. Early FAFSA aligns the financial aid process in the Fall when many students also submit their college applications. Another change is that families will use their 2015 tax and income information when completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA. This allows more students and families to retrieve their completed tax information from the IRS automatically using the "Data Retrieval Tool" providing in the FAFSA application. With these two improvements high school counselors are planning new methods of helping students complete both applications.
The expected outcomes from College and Career Goal Arizona are increasing numbers and proportions of Arizona seniors 1) completing a college application, 2) filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA or other resources for funding, with the intention of increasing college going rates in participating high schools.