Sep 06, 2023

Question of the Day: What percent of high school seniors have filed their FAFSA to access college aid?

Billions of dollars in federal financial aid are lost by not completing the FAFSA...

Answer: 57.6%

A chart showing that 57.6% of seniors have filed their FAFSA as of September 2023


  1. What’s the benefit of completing the FAFSA?
  2. Billions of dollars in federal financial aid are lost by not completing the FAFSA. What do you think are the challenges to completing this important form?
  3. Have you filed your FAFSA yet? Why or why not? Do you plan to file for FAFSA this year?


Click here for the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Behind the numbers (from FAFSA Tracker)

"Through August 25, 2023, 57.6% of the high school class of 2023 has completed the FAFSA. There have been 2,345,076 completions nationally, a 3.4% change compared to last academic year."



Use the FAFSA Tracker to see the completion rate in your state and your school (Go to  FAFSA Tracker < Schools Completion by Cycle)! or check out the NGPF activity RESEARCH: FAFSA Deadlines!


Check out more with the FinCap Friday: FAFSA Fast Facts!

About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

Mail Icon

Subscribe to the blog

Join the more than 11,000 teachers who get the NGPF daily blog delivered to their inbox: