Earlier today at Coral Reef High School in Miami, President Obama announced the launch of an exciting initiative to help ensure that more of America’s students take the first step towards college success: completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
The FAFSA Completion Initiative helps states, districts and schools give students the support they need to complete the form which serves as the gateway to accessing financial aid for college, career school, or graduate school.
The FAFSA not only gives students access to the nearly $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds that the federal government has available, but many states, schools, and private scholarships require you to submit the FAFSA before they will consider you for any financial aid they offer.
FAFSA Completion Initiative:
- We will be partnering with states to enable them to provide to schools and districts limited, yet valuable information on student progress in completing the FAFSA beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
- Additionally, the Office of Federal Student Aid has updated the existing FAFSA completion tool with FAFSA completion numbers for the 2014 high school graduating class at over 25,000 high schools across the nation.
- These new resources can help increase FAFSA completion rates, and by extension, promote college access and success.
- FACT SHEET: Opportunity for All: Promoting College Opportunity and Graduation
- 5 Reasons You Should Complete the FAFSA
- 7 Ways to Promote FAFSA Completion at Your School
- 7 Common FASFA Mistakes
Cameron Brenchley is director of digital strategy at the U.S. Department of Education