The White House and U.S Department of Education (ED) announced April 15-19 as Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Week of Action. During this week, high school counselors, principals, after school programs, nonprofit organizations, and more are encouraged to raise awareness about the FAFSA.

To get started, FCAN has compiled various resources to share:

Due to financial aid processing delays, some Florida universities and colleges extended their deadline for students to confirm their enrollment. Students should visit their institution’s website to stay updated.

Students can also attend a FAFSA completion event in their area if they need support filling out the form – below is a list of events. If your school or organization has an event that is not listed, please share it with us!

  • 4/16, 9am-2pm, College & Career Fair, Bartow Civic Ctr, Bartow
  • 4/16, 8:30am-3:30pm, Melbourne High School, 74 Bulldog Blvd., Melbourne
  • 4/17, 6-8pm, Stranahan High School, 1800 SW Fifth Place, Fort Lauderdale
  • 4/23, 9am-12pm, Bayside High School, 1901 Degroodt Rd SW, Palm Bay, FL 32908
  • 4/24, 6-7:30pm, VIRTUAL FAFSA Session, FAFSA Live
  • 4/25, 5-7pm, Polk State College, 3425 Winter Lake Rd., WTB-1306, Lakeland
  • 5/6, 8am-2pm, College & Career Fair, Auburndale HS, Auburndale

FCAN’s analysis of data from the Office of Federal Student Aid reveals FAFSA submissions from Florida high school students are 31.5% less than last year, while completions are 43.9% less than last year. The difference in these rates indicates slower processing times, increased error rates, or some combination of the two.

Please share these resources and continue to encourage students to fill out the FAFSA.

To view data on FAFSA submissions please access National College Attainment Network’s FAFSA Tracker.

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