Join the NAACP On Campus!

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, better known as the NAACP, is an organization devoted to helping people of color. Founded during the days when African Americans had few opportunities, it helped them go to college and find resources. Joining the organization on your own college campus has some great benefits.

Membership Benefits: Activism, Scholarships, Magazine Subscription, Exclusive Invites, ​College Resources

Become an Activist
  • One benefit to becoming a member is that you can help others in need.

  • For example, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is a top priority. Flint is home to a large population of African American residents and began experiencing water problems in the 2010s.

  • It would cost more to replace all the poor plumbing in the city than it would cost to move the entire city.

  • The NAACP gives its members the chance to work on community projects and help others. You might hand out bottled water or raise money for a worthy cause.

Get Financial Help
  • Paying for college is very expensive. The NAACP was founded on the idea that African Americans deserved more rights and opportunities than they had at the time, it looks for ways to increase those opportunities.

  • As a member, you can apply for one of the scholarships that the NAACP offers each year. Many of these financial scholarships are only available to members. 

Read Magazines
  • The Crisis Magazine, also called The Crisis, is a magazine that the NAACP established in 1910. Though the issues were originally in black and white, the magazine now includes color photos.

  • All the ads in each issue come from companies and organizations that help African Americans lead better lives.

  • Members receive a free subscription to the magazine and can have issues mailed right to their college dorm rooms or apartments.

Check Out Events
  • Check out exclusive events that are only open to members.

  • Attend an annual conference and meet professionals who work in the field or industry that interests 

  • Attend local events. These events can include networking events with alumni and professional members living in your city as well as events that help you write your resume and learn about job openings.

Financial Aid

FAFSA

  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the student’s primary source of financial aid. 

  • Colleges use the FAFSA application to determine a student's eligibility for other types of financial funding and assistance.

  • All students entering college regardless of financial circumstance should complete a FAFSA application to obtain and receive college-sponsored financial aid, i.e., grants, work programs, and loans.

529 Plans: State-sponsored College Savings

  • The 529 Plan is sponsored by states, state agencies, and educational institutions. These plans encourage saving for college. The 529 can be a pre-paid tuition plan or college savings plan.

  • From the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission website, you'll find a thorough introduction on what 529 plans are and how they work here.

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