Eligibility

  • A student reading a book in the library.

    Focus on academics

    College Assistance Migrant Program participant Yadira Miron Aguilar takes some time to study in the Waldo Library.

  • A group of students moving rocks behind a car.

    Service-learning opportunities

    A group of College Assistance Migrant Program participants volunteering at the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.

  • A group of students laughing over a ledge.

    Social interaction

    A group of students enjoying some time together after an afternoon of volunteering.

The Western Michigan University College Assistance Migrant Program is a program federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Migrant Education. The program’s goal is to provide supportive services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their dependents, to assist them in the successful completion of their first year of college and persistence toward degree attainment. The program provides services and resources in the areas of academic guidance, career planning and development, intellectual and cultural enrichment, as well as financial assistance based on individual need. Program participants also receive follow-up services after successful completion of their first year.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Migrant Education.

To be eligible to participate in the program, the student or at least one parent must be a seasonal or migrant farmworker. A “seasonal farmworker” is a person who currently or within the past 24 months, was employed for at least 75 days in farmwork and whose primary employment was in farmwork on a temporary or seasonal basis (i.e., not a constant year-round activity). A “migrant farmworker” is a seasonal farmworker whose employment requires travel that prevents him or her from returning to his or her home within the same day.

Students may also be eligible if they participated in a Chapter 1 Migrant Education Program or the National Farmworker Jobs Program. Students must also have a high school diploma or GED, be a U.S citizen or permanent resident, be Pell eligible per their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and have been accepted to WMU.