25 Cities Accept NCAN Challenge to Increase FAFSA Completion Rates
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides access to federal, state and institutional financial aid, but not every college-bound student completes the form. According to NerdWallet, an estimated $2.3 billion in free money was left on the table last year because nearly 650,000 Pell-eligible students didnt fill out the FAFSA.
The National College Access Network (NCAN) is working to change that. This spring, NCAN issued a FAFSA Completion Challenge to 100 cities across the country with populations of at least 100,000 residents and a FAFSA completion rate that is below the national average.
Twenty-five cities have accepted the NCAN challenge. With grants of up to $40,000 and support from NCAN, each city will develop and implement a plan to increase the class of 2019s FAFSA completion rates by at least 5 percentage points over the class of 2018s rate. The 25 participating cities are listed here.
Great Lakes and The Kresge Foundation are each supporting the NCAN initiative with grants of $1 million. Our support brings evidence-based strategies for promoting FAFSA completion to more school districts so they can help more of their seniors complete this vital task.