Florida College Access Network (FCAN) is pleased to announce the kick off of the Florida FAFSA Challenge for the 2022-23 school year! The challenge calls on schools, districts, and communities to increase the number of graduating high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which helps students who qualify to access funds to pay for college.

Completing the FAFSA is one of the most important steps in making college affordable for the 4 out of 5 Florida college students that rely on financial aid to go to college each year. The Florida FAFSA Challenge began, October 1, 2022 – the date the FAFSA for the 2023-24 school year became available – and continues through March 31, 2023. The highest-performing schools and districts in the following categories will receive awards and public recognition:

  1. MVP (highest completion rate through March 31, 2023)
  2. Most Improved (compared to previous year through March 31, 2023)

FCAN will also recognize “FAFSA Champions,” which includes all schools and districts that increase their FAFSA completion rate by at least 5 percentage points compared to the last school year.

This year’s Florida FAFSA Challenge aims to build off of last year’s efforts when 135 schools and 7 districts increased the percentage of seniors who completed the FAFSA by at least 5 percentage points over the previous year. As a result, Florida’s Class of 2022 qualified for an estimated $148 million in Pell Grant dollars.

Register your school, district, or organization for the Florida FAFSA Challenge here. Registered schools receive special updates, tips for success, stickers to pass out to students, and other supports. To learn more about the Challenge, visit the Statewide Initiatives page on FCAN’s website.

FCAN and its partners offer a variety of tools and resources to help schools and districts increase FAFSA completion:

Additionally, the Florida Department of Education’s Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) can provide districts access to the names of students in their schools who have completed the FAFSA form. Contact OSFA’s outreach representative, Pedro Hernandez, at Pedro.Hernandez@fldoe.org to learn more about how to set up the data sharing agreement.

FCAN will post Florida FAFSA Challenge updates regularly. For more information about the Florida FAFSA Challenge or any FCAN College Ready Florida initiatives, contact Adriana Pavicic, FCAN’s Community Engagement Coordinator, at apavicic@floridacollegeaccess.org.

The Florida FAFSA Challenge is possible thanks to the generous support of:

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