Florida FAFSA Challenge

59% of Florida high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) qualify for a Pell Grant, one of the largest forms of federal aid available to low-income students.

But Florida ranks 34th in the nation in FAFSA completion.

Because of this, FCAN estimates that Florida students who don’t complete the FAFSA leave behind $100 million in Pell Grants every year.

The Florida FAFSA challenge encourages all Florida schools and districts to increase FAFSA completion by 5% over the previous year.

By the end of the most recent Florida FAFSA Challenge period on March 31, 2017, FAFSA completion across the state of Florida increased by 9.1%!

Will You Accept the Challenge? Register your school or community.

Read the latest news about the FAFSA Challenge

Track your progress using the Florida FAFSA Challenge Dashboard

FAFSA Challenge Categories

“MVP” (Highest FAFSA completion rate through March 31st)

“Most Improved” (Improved their FAFSA completion rate the most compared to last year through March 31st)

50/50 Club: Schools that have 50% or more students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch and achieve 50% or more FAFSA completion by March 31

“Champions” (Florida schools and districts that set and achieve a boost in FAFSA completion by at least 5% over last year, or that meet a goal they set for their school.)

FAFSA completion resources for schools and communities

Need a Speaker for Your Financial Aid Night?

The Office of Student Financial Assistance can connect you with a local financial aid expert through its speakers’ bureau. Contact Pedro Hernandez or Jan Smith for more information.

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