Aug 30, 2021
Question of the Day

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

Answer: 55.6%

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  1. Do you plan to file for FAFSA this year?
  2. Why is it important to file FAFSA as soon as possible?
  3. What are the important FAFSA deadlines to know?
  4. The FAFSA completion rate is down compared to the past two years, why do you think this is the case?


Behind the numbers (National College Attainment Network)

"Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is one of the best predictors of whether a high school senior will go on to college, as seniors who complete the FAFSA are 84% more likely to immediately enroll in postsecondary education. For students in the lowest socioeconomic quintile, FAFSA completion is associated with a 127% increase in immediate college enrollment. 

High school seniors who complete the FAFSA by graduation day are more likely to make a thoughtful and informed decision about where they enroll for higher education with the assistance of a college access advisor, school counselor, teacher, or other administrators."


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! or check out the NGPF activity RESEARCH: FAFSA Deadlines!


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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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