— Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN) has released theFlorida FAFSA Finish Line dashboard
with new data for 2016, showing the number of 12th graders throughout the state who have completed the form.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) determines eligibility for $150 billion in federal financial aid programs each year, yet tens of thousands of eligible Florida students neglect to fill out the form. Previous estimates from Florida CAN show Florida students leave behind over $100 million in federal Pell Grants each year, not including state aid programs like the Florida Student Assistance Grant, which also requires a completed FAFSA.
The Florida FAFSA Finish Line data dashboard allows schools, districts and community partners to view FAFSA completion rates in near-real time with data updates taking place weekly through March and bi-weekly through June.
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“Money should never be the reason why students choose not to go to college,” said Troy Miller, Associate Director for Research and Policy for Florida CAN. “This data dashboard can help schools, districts and community partners make sure their students complete the FAFSA and have a plan for life after high school.”
To spark an increase in FAFSA completions among high school seniors, last December Florida CAN announced the Florida FAFSA Challenge to encourage all schools and districts to raise FAFSA completion rates by 5% in 2016. Schools and districts that sign up for the challenge receive support, resources and recognition, with trophies going to top performers in the state.
Each week, schools and districts with the highest FAFSA completion rates (“MVP”), the most improved FAFSA completion rates (“Most Improved”), and the closest to the 5% goal in the fewest amount of days (“Fastest Lap”) will be featured in the FAFSA Challenge Leaderboard, updated each week through March 31, 2016. A downloadable version of the most recent Leaderboard with data through February 5, 2016 can be found here.
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Schools and districts interested in participating in the Florida FAFSA Challenge can learn more and register here.
For more information on FAFSA completion data, research and resources, see these previous releases by Florida CAN:
A downloadable version (.PDF) of this press release can be found here.
The Florida FAFSA Challenge is possible thanks to the support of the Helios Education Foundation and Swift Family Foundation.
The mission of the Florida College Access Network is to create and strengthen a statewide network that catalyzes and supports communities to improve college & career preparation, access, and completion for all students. Our Big Goal is to increase the percentage of Florida residents who hold a high-quality postsecondary degree or credential to 60% by the year 2025. For more information, visitwww.floridacollegeaccess.org