DCAN In-Depth | Jan. 31, 2020
DCAN serving up monthly resources for FAFSA success
Dear Colleagues:

Welcome to the second issue of DCAN In-Depth , a monthly newsletter diving deep into the world of FAFSA !

The FAFSA is an important step to applying to and getting into college. Every year millions of FREE dollars are left on the table because students and parents do not complete the FAFSA.

We urge you to make sure you complete the FAFSA before the March 1 deadline!

Thank you for your work in promoting a college-going culture in Detroit!


Dr. Ashley Johnson
Executive Director, DCAN
A look at our goals and current data
Detroit's FAFSA goal is simple:
55% completion by March 1
70% completion by July 1

As of Jan. 31, we are at 38% completion . Together, we can meet the 55% March 1 completion goal - that's only 750 more applications!

To learn more about citywide data and to connect with resources to increase your numbers, visit the online DCAN FAFSA Toolkit .
Congratulations to the Top 3!
These top 3 high schools are in the lead with the current highest completion rates!

  • Detroit International Academy for Young Women - 92%
  • Detroit Cristo Rey - 86%
  • Frontier International Academy - 78%
What's the Secret to Success?

Name: Bushra Hussain, Counselor
School: Frontier International Academy

"We held weekly workshops at our school as soon as the window for FAFSA opened in October. Every week, 15-20 students were scheduled to attend the workshop and complete applications. We were also very fortunate to receive assistance from a TRIO counselor at Wayne State, who came to our school every week. He helped us until all 120 seniors completed a FAFSA application."

Way to go Bushra and Frontier International Academy!
Helpful links and tools
FAFSA Support Survey

If you are in need of FAFSA support please fill out our FAFSA Support Survey .

We are here to support you no matter what stage of the FAFSA completion process your school is in!
February and March Incentives!

February: $50 gift card incentive for counselors
  • 3 schools with highest completion rates now through February
  • The most improved school from this time last year

March:  Decision Day event sponsorship for students
  • The school with the highest completions from February through March will be awarded a sponsorship for their school's College Decision Day event!
  • Sponsorships can be in form of a free photo booth or a gift card worth up to $250 to purchase items for the event.
Oakland University's online workshop
Oakland University provides a Funding Education Beyond High School presentation for families who want to know more about the FAFSA process from the comfort of their own homes.

Supplemental handouts and more information are available on the OU website.
Upcoming FAFSA application deadlines
FAFSA Deadlines per University

Most Michigan schools recommend completing your FAFSA by the priority deadline of March, 1 - but here's a list of exact dates.

  • Central Michigan University - 2/15
  • Michigan State University - 3/1
  • University of Michigan - 3/1
  • Wayne State University - 3/1
  • Western Michigan University - 3/1
  • Henry Ford Community College - 3/8
  • Eastern Michigan University - 3/13
  • Wayne County Community College District - 6/30
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