The New York Financial Aid for College Completion Project

High schools can make a significant difference in helping students who are low-income and first-generation college students complete the FAFSA and other financial aid for college applications.

Research shows that 90% of high school seniors who complete the FAFSA go to college immediately after graduation compared to just 55% of seniors who do not complete the FAFSA. And New Yorkers are missing out on an estimated $152 millionin federal financial aid by not filling out the FAFSA, plus additional resources they could have received from New York State TAP grants, NYS DREAM Act support, and Excelsior Scholarships. The Financial Aid for College: High School Toolkit provides all the resources schools need to support students and families to apply for every dollar of financial aid for which they qualify.

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Financial Aid for College: High School Toolkit

Extensive research shows that high schools can make a significant difference in helping college hopefuls who are low-income and first-generation college students complete the FAFSA and other New York state financial aid applications.

In this Toolkit, you’ll find 8 evidence-based best practices your school can use to support all eligible seniors and their families complete their FAFSA, TAP, NYS DREAM Act, and Excelsior Scholarship applications.

Let’s make sure no senior in New York misses out on a single dollar of the financial aid for which they qualify! Explore our resources for school leaders.

FAFSA Completion Data for High Schools & School Districts

Completing the FAFSA is a critical step on the path to college. Here’s how New York is doing helping all eligible high school seniors complete the FAFSA and get the financial aid they need to make college a reality. You can see the estimated percent of high school seniors who have completed the FAFSA so far this school year. 

Want more info? Read our data note at:

https://newyork.edtrust.org/fafsa-data-note/

Join the New York FAFSA Completion Challenge

The FAFSA Completion Challenge is designed to positively recognize high schools for high FAFSA completion rates and for improvements in FAFSA completion rates.