Promotion Ideas for Eligible Students
OSPI's Disclosure of Free and Reduced Price Information Agreement form authorizes school staff to access the list of free- and reduced-price lunch eligible students. Because College Bound is a state education program, schools are then able to target eligible students. This is a good first step.
Everyone is in the same spot at the same time – it doesn't get much easier! Whether you fill out a paper application or complete the online version, conferences are an ideal time to sign up students.
Who and How Many
Meeting with small groups of 5 to 7 students is another great way to enroll them. You can answer questions and give them a pep talk about the importance of college. Ask them to return the signed form to you, check off their names, and forward the application (or signature page) to the HECB.
Calling eligible families allows you and your team to build relationships and answer questions. Using the sample script provided, you can make 40 calls in an hour.
Personalized Letters Home
Draft a letter from your superintendent or principal to eligible families. Briefly describe the program and the benefits of education beyond high school. Save money by including it with another mailing and include the list of schools where students may use their scholarship.
Seventh Grade Sign-up
By signing students up in the 7th grade, they will start thinking about their future sooner, and you will avoid the last-minute rush. Students must sign up by June 30 of their 8th grade year and only need to sign up once.
Pizza, Sub-Sandwiches, or an Ice Cream Social
Partner with a local organization (PTA, Rotary, Kiwanis, AAUW, Chamber of Commerce) or restaurant, to host an early evening event for eligible students and families. Families will enjoy a night out and you can sign them up.
The College Bound application is available in 10 languages. Print them prior to the event and have staff on-hand to answer questions.