Sep 19, 2022
Question of the Day

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: 57.0%


  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?

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Behind the numbers (from FAFSA Tracker)

Why is this important?

  • Students are leaving billions of dollars of federal, state, and institutional aid on the table each year because we don’t ensure that they fill out the FAFSA in a timely way. This situation leads to lower college enrollment, and completion, especially for low-income students.



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

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.

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