College Assistance Migrant Program
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Metropolitan State University of Denver is a grant-funded scholarship program by the U.S. Department of Education. CAMP is designed to meet the academic, financial, and social needs of migrant and/or seasonal farmworkers and their children in pursuing higher education.
The CAMP scholarship supports completion of the first year of studies with the goal of continued enrollment and graduation from MSU Denver. While the program provides its most comprehensive assistance during the first year of college, the CAMP team is available to assist students throughout their college experience.
The program helps pay part of the tuition and fees of the first 24 credit hours (one year) at MSU Denver. Other financial assistance includes paying for health insurance and a monthly stipend check of $150.
Beyond financial assistance, CAMP assists prospective students in every aspect of the application and admissions process, including completing all the necessary paperwork for MSU Denver's application and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Once students begin classes, the program meets weekly to discuss various topics that will help students succeed during their first year of college. The program connects students to various resources on campus that will enhance their academic experience.
CAMP also provides the opportunity to attend events that many of our students would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend. In the past, this has included attending Colorado Rapids games, seeing productions such as the "Disney The Lion King" and "The Blue Man Group" and going to leadership conferences such as the Southwest HEP/CAMP Student Leadership Conference in the spring semester. The program addresses the costs associated with these events, as they are fundamentally important to the growth and development of our students. Growth at the college level and having the full college experience requires experiences such as these. Furthermore, research shows that the more involved students are on campus, the higher the retention rate and the faster they graduate. We look at these events as an opportunity to build community with our students.
Most students, especially the ones that come from distant locations like Grand Junction, Alamosa, Olathe or the San Luis Valley, really benefit from the new CAMP ‘family’ that they form here at MSU Denver. Staff is always available to help the students with any problem they might have, or even just to be there to talk with them and encourage them in their studies. While the program provides its most intensive assistance during the students’ first year in college, the CAMP staff is available to assist students throughout their college experience.