Florida FAFSA Challenge

58% 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 48th in the nation for FAFSA completion.

Florida College Access Network started the Florida FAFSA Challenge in 2015 to encourage all Florida schools and districts to increase FAFSA completion by 5 percentage points over the previous year.

“When I discovered the FAFSA, I felt as if my hard work had paid off. The assistance it has provided is indescribable. I have received over $18,000 in scholarships and grants from the FAFSA alone, and without it, I would not have been able to afford college.”
– Noah Ferebee, State College of Florida student


Will You Accept the Challenge?

Register your school or community.


FAFSA Data Sharing Agreement

The Florida Department of Education Office of Student Financial Assistance’s (OSFA) offers a data sharing agreement as a key resource in driving FAFSA completion. Through this agreement, schools can gain access to student-level FAFSA completion information, giving school counselors the ability to provide targeted outreach to students who need extra support.

Florida College Access Network encourages districts without this agreement to contact Pedro Hernandez, OSFA Director of Outreach Services, for an application.

Districts Without a FAFSA Data Sharing Agreement:

Watch the FAFSA Counselor Training Video 


Download the Slides

Watch the FAFSA Walk-Through Training Video 


Download the Slides

FAFSA Completion Resources for Your School and Community

FAFSA Completion Toolkit

Common FAFSA Mistakes
(English & Spanish)

FAFSA Verification
(Courtesy of Champions for Learning)

Top 5 Reasons to Complete the FAFSA

How to Pay for College

Where to Find Scholarships

What Do You Need to Complete the FAFSA?

What Do You Need to Complete the FAFSA? (Spanish)

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 for more information.

FAFSA Challenge Winners

FCAN thanks the following for their generous support of Florida FAFSA Challenge

Cornerstone funder

Get Involved!

  • Register as a College Ready Florida host site
  • Download the Introduction to College Ready Florida guide
  • Schedule an in-person presentation for your school or organization
  • Questions? Contact Adriana Pavicic, FCAN's Community Engagement Coordinator

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