Massachusetts public high schools interested in hosting a MCAC event will be required to set aside time, space and access to computer labs during the school day for graduating seniors to complete at least one application for any university, community college or trade school that they are qualified for and interested in applying to.
Additionally, host sites will spend the weeks leading up to MCAC helping students identify the right institutional fit, drafting essays, and securing all information needed to complete their applications during the event. The MCAC committee will provide a resource manual for all host sites to assist with the organization of the event, site coordinator training webinars, and provide assistance with volunteer recruitment.
Assistance and encouragement for students and their parents will be provided by high school, college and community staff and volunteers, college admissions representatives and financial aid professionals. Each host school/district must complete the MCAC application and work with a web portal (ex. YPFF, Naviance, etc.) in order to measure and monitor student progress on college applications.
If you are interested in becoming a Massachusetts College Application Celebration host site, please complete the online application form by the early action deadline on June 29, 2018 (for best chance for college volunteers), or by the final deadline on September 14, 2018. Selected host sites will be notified within 2 weeks after application is submitted (resource manual will also be made available at that time). Once you are selected as a host site, more information will be made available regarding site coordinator trainings, implementation and volunteer recruitment.
If you would like to complete the application offline, you can download the 2018 MCAC Host Site Application.
|Date||2018 MCAC Activity:|
|June 29 (early action) or September 14 (final deadline)||Signed 2018 MCAC application deadline due at GEAR UP Mass. office by 5 pm|
|July 30||Colleges early sign up deadline|
|September 25||New Site Coordinator Training Conference call - required participation for new host sites to call (veteran sites may be asked to participate to discuss best practices)|
|October 15||Colleges sign up regular deadline|
|November 12-16 or November 19-23||2018 MCAC events held at Host sites|