Florida College Access Network’s latest update to the Florida FAFSA Finish Line features new, easy-to-view charts of public high schools with the highest FAFSA completion rate, as well as schools demonstrating the greatest biweekly improvement.

Now including FAFSA completion data through March 14, 2014, users of the tool can view data on over 700 public schools in Florida, as well as use custom filters to create comparison groups or see how schools in your community are performing.  School indicators such as number of 12th graders, high school graduation rate, free- and reduced-price lunch rate and school grade can each be used separately or in combination with others to help school administrators, community leaders and other education stakeholders know where their local schools stand.

Students interested in receiving federal aid for college are still in time to fill out the form at FAFSA.gov.  Last year alone, high school graduates in our state left behind over $100 million in Pell grants by simply not completing the form.  The FAFSA qualifies students for state and federal financial aid that can be used at over 250 postsecondary institutions in Florida.

President Barack Obama recently highlighted the importance of the FAFSA during a March 7 appearance at Coral Reef Senior High School in Miami, which had the second-highest rate of FAFSA completers of large Florida high schools last year.  President Obama’s visit appears to have inspired “Cuda Nation,” as seniors at Coral Reef completed an impressive 73 FAFSAs during the first two weeks of March 2014, more than any other single school in the entire state during that span.

Below are the top performing public schools in Florida as of March 14.  View the interactive tables now to create your own groups and see where schools in your area rank!

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