Each year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) allows students across the country to access their share of over $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds. The FAFSA allows many colleges and universities to determine the amount of additional need-based aid that students should receive. It should come as no surprise that several national studies have shown a strong linkage between FAFSA completion and college enrollment. As C3N is committed to increasing the rate of postsecondary participation by District high school graduates, it has created the FAFSA Completion Initiative. The initiative brings together a wide array of C3N members to increase the District of Columbia’s rate of FAFSA completion and postsecondary enrollment.
The initiative is comprised of:
- A District-wide public awareness campaign to increase the awareness of FAFSA’s importance and encourage FAFSA completion by all eligible students
- Coordination of FAFSA submission events at schools and community-based organizations throughout the city, effectively leveraging network resources
- Access to student-level FAFSA completion data for high school counselors and principals through an online platform, allowing for targeted and more strategic interventions