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What is CACG?

The mission of the CNMI College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) is to promote the value of higher education and prepare disadvantaged, Native Pacific Islanders to enroll, remain and succeed in college.

CACG offers the following services in support of this mission:

  • Free academic tutoring and mentoring
  • Scholarships up to $1,000 to pay for college courses, fees, books, etc.
  • Academic, career, college, financial and personal counseling
  • Assistance with college admissions and financial aid applications
  • College preparatory activities for high school students
  • Workshops for college students on money and time management, study skills, etc.
  • Outreach to high schools and the community on the benefits of a college education

CACG sponsors the following activities in the high schools and community:

  • Career Fair
  • Cash for College
  • CNMI College Month
  • CNMI Counselors’ Conference
  • College Club
  • Start Smart Seminars
  • Summer Academy

Applying to CACG

Any high school or college student who is interested in the services that CACG provides can apply. If you wish to avail of the scholarship, however, you must be able to meet the following guidelines:

If you are a first year college student (29 college credits and below), you must:

  1. Complete a CACG Scholarship Application
  2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Meet with a CACG Outreach Counselor to discuss a success plan

If you are a high school junior or senior interested in taking college courses as a part of the Early Admissions Program, you must:

  1. Complete a CACG Scholarship Application
  2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  3. Complete an NMC Admissions Application
  4. Take the English and mathematics placement tests
  5. Meet with the Early Admissions Counselor to discuss a success plan

Additionally, you must be a citizen, national or legal permanent resident of the United States and/or citizen of the following countries: The Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Republic of Palau.

Applications are due on the following deadlines:

    Fall 2014: July 1, 2014
    Spring 2015: December 1, 2014
    Summer 2015: April 30, 2015

Applications must be submitted to the NMC Financial Aid Office in Building N of NMC’s As Terlaje Campus. No faxed copies will be accepted.

You may find the CACG Scholarship Application at the Financial Aid Office, the Counseling Department in Building I, or by clicking on the following links:

Reasons To Go to College

  • Greater career options: College graduates have more fulfilling careers, are more likely to get jobs and keep them, and are more likely to enjoy the work they do
  • Higher career earning potential:
Statistics show that the more education a person receives, the more income he or she makes over his or her lifetime
On average, a person with a four year degree earns nearly twice as much as a person with only a high school diploma (and no college education)
  • By 2018, two out of three job openings will require workers with at least some college education
  • College provides the opportunity for self-discovery, personal growth and the ability to meet and network with a diverse population

Student Success Story

    "The College Access Challenge Grant program helped me tremendously in getting into college. After graduating from high school three years ago, I joined the CACG Summer Academy where I enrolled in college courses, met great friends, and worked with an awesome team of CACG counselors and Ambassadors. I also received a scholarship to help pay for my courses and participated in many fun workshops and fieldtrips to help equip me with the right tools to start my college education. The Summer Academy was an exciting and wonderful experience. And when I returned to enroll in the fall, CACG was there to help me with the registration process and in applying for free tutoring and mentoring services. CACG helped me and I know they can help you too!"

Margieray Santos

MHS Class of 2011

Education Major

For more information, contact:

Spring 2014 CACG Ambassadors:

    Maria Atrero
    English (all classes), Math (all classes), Fundamentals of Speech

    Angelica Cruz
    Education Courses (ED), English (all classes), Fundamentals of Speech, Intro to Computers

    Ervin Cruz
    English (all classes), Math (up to MA 132), Biology, Fundamentals of Speech, Intro to Computers, Japanese I


    Ericka Dela Rosa
    English (all classes), Math (all classes), ED 211, Fundamentals of Speech


    Escoanne Hocog
    History, Intro to Composition, Math (up to MA 132), Fundamentals of Speech


    Claudette San Nicolas
    English (all classes), Math (NDU classes), Fundamentals of Speech, Health, History, Intro to Computers


    Collette San Nicolas
    English (all classes),Chamorro, Fundamentals of Speech, Intro to Computers, Psychology


    Jonathan Sanchez
    English (all classes), Math (NDU classes), Fundamentals of Speech, Intro to Computers, Spanish


    Margieray Santos
    English (all classes), Math 89, ED 211, Fundamentals of Speech, Intro to Computers


    Kyanna Tenorio
    English (all classes), Math (all classes), Fundamentals of Speech, Health, Intro to Computers, Psychology

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