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?
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 Data Sharing Agreement as of 1/7/22:
Watch the FAFSA Walk-Through Training Video
FAFSA Completion Resources for Your School and Community
Florida FAFSA Challenge — 2022-23 Site Coordinator Virtual Training