FAFSA Challenge Winner: Forestville Central School (Western New York)
Forestville Central School aims to assist all college-bound seniors with completing the FAFSA.
The school partners with a local college to host a financial aid information night, where a financial aid representative visits the school and explains to parents how to fill out the FAFSA. If parents are having difficulty filling out the application on their own, the school offers one-on-one assistance to complete it.
Haley, who will receive the FAFSA Challenge scholarship, has been involved in a variety of clubs and extracurricular activities throughout her time in high school. She participated in Junior Varsity and Varsity volleyball for three years and Varsity softball for two years. She has also been heavily involved in volunteer work inside and out of school, and was a leader of the art club.
Haley was inducted into both the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. Haley plans to attend the University at Buffalo, where she ultimately hopes to earn her PhD in retail pharmacy. She is graduating 3rd in her class.
The school won the Challenge for having the highest completion rate among high schools with less than 100 seniors in districts outside of the Big 5.
The Challenge was part of The New York FAFSA Completion Project, a statewide campaign launched by Ed Trust–NY to encourage public high schools to increase the proportion of eligible low-income students who complete the FAFSA.
Explore data for each high school in the state, read more about FAFSA completion strategies being used at New York schools, and find additional resources at NYFAFSAChallenge.org.