I Know I Can
Helping Columbus City School Students Enter and Succeed in College

Welcome to I Know I Can

Dream Big. Work Hard. We'll Help.

That's our promise to all Columbus City Schools students.  I Know I Can believes that every Columbus City Schools student deserves the opportunity to achieve their dream of earning a college education.  And we're here to help.

From elementary school through college, I Know I Can encourages students to dream big and work hard.  As one of the largest and most successful college access programs in the country, we provide the inspiration to ignite ambition, the advice to excel and the financial support and guidance to enable students to earn a college degree.


Blueprint:College High School

Attention CCS 9th, 10th & 11th grade families: Session 2 of Blueprint:College High School is almost here.  The second session is being offered on 2 separate nights so you can pick the date that works best for you - Tuesday, March 24 or Wednesday, March 25th or from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Columbus State Community College. A complimentary and optional dinner will be served from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.



IKIC Mentorship Program

I Know I Can is entering the second year of it's Mentorship Program.  This program aims to connect current Columbus City Schools college students with professional mentors from the Greater Columbus community.  Participation in the I Know I Can Mentorship Program is a requirement for all first-year I Know I Can Grant participants.  To learn more about the mentorship program and to sign up as a mentee or mentor for the upcoming school year, please click here


2015 FAFSA Workshop

The 2015 FAFSA Workshop series is an opportunity for students and families to complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA with assistance from a trained FAFSA volunteer or an IKIC Advisor.  Sessions are held at select CCS high schools in the evening at the beginning of February, as well as at the IKIC Office.


CCS HS Seniors and College Students: Click Here to register for your spot at the workshop! Find out what you will need to complete the FAFSA.



Blueprint:College Middle School

A 3-part series of college planning workshops designed specifically for Columbus City Schools 6th, 7th and 8th parents.  Join us to begin building your student's college blueprint, along with gaining the knowledge and tools you need to help your student get ready for, get into and get through college.  Middle School is a critical time to begin your college planning - start with I Know I Can at Blueprint:College!  


Learn more about the program by Clicking Here or Get Registered right away!


I Know I Can Grant

Applications for the 2015-16 I Know I Can Grant are now available!  The deadline to apply is FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015.  CCS seniors and current college students are encouraged to apply for the grant, which is worth $1,200 and can be renewed up to four times. Click here for more details and download your application!


Save Smart Financial Planning Sessions

If you have already opened a Save Smart savings account and have an account number, please Click Here to learn how you can complete the required Financial Planning course.  Students who plan to match for the Spring semester must have financial planning completed and savings goal deposited before December 31.


Save Smart & Save Smart Jr. IDA Programs

Save Smart is an IKIC program designed to help qualified Columbus City Schools students and graduates grow and leverage their college savings. A participant enrolls in the program by setting up an Individual Development Account (IDA) and is eligible to earn up to $4 for every $1 saved.  Register for an informational session by clicking here.

Current CCS high school juniors and seniors and current college students who graduated from CCS: Click Here to learn more about Save Smart Sr!

Current 8th, 9th, and 10th grade CCS families: Click Here to learn more about Save Smart Jr!


Law and Leadership 2015 Summer Institute Applications

Below are the guidelines and application.


Who:  Current 8th grade students

When:  July 29 - 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost:  The program, lunch and transportation are FREE. Additionally, students can earn a stipend upon successful completion of the program

If you are interested in applying, please click HERE


Kroger Plus Card, Plus!

Now your Kroger Plus Card can not only help you save, it can help you give!  By adding "I Know I Can" (83864) as your preferred non-profit organization, a portion of your bill will be donated to us!  It’s easy, just shop, swipe your card and earn! 
Click Here to enroll and start earning today!  I Know I Can appreciates your continued support! 

I Know I Can

Dream Big. Work Hard. We'll Help. | 3798 East Broad Street | Columbus, Ohio 43213 | (614) 233-9510 phone

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