"From March 13 to March 20, completions nationally took a dive compared to last year’s cycle. On March 13, FAFSA completions nationally were up 0.2% (about 3,000 completions) compared to last academic year through the same date. A week later, FAFSA completions were down 0.5% (about 9,600 completions). This 0.7 percentage-point drop is the second largest after Jan. 1 since the FAFSA Tracker began monitoring weekly FAFSA completions during the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle."
This is obviously alarming.
What can we do?
- Meet with every senior and their parents if possible virtually to ensure they complete the FAFSA:
- Answer questions about graduation;
- Support them with steps after high school;
- Support them with making a final postsecondary decision;
- Speak openly to the anxiety that most students may have now that school is closed for the rest of the year;
- Use the DCAN resources made available to you to best support your students. Let us know what more you need to accomplish this. We're in this together.