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The Mississippi FAFSA Challenge is on again!

FAFSA completion is important!

Get2College will sponsor the 2021 FAFSA Challenge! We know that completion of the FAFSA is a good predictor of a student accessing postsecondary education. Get2College worked with eight high schools since fall 2016 with counselors, teachers, students, and parents to create a college-going culture with a goal of moving the needle on college access and completion. From our new research from the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) at Mississippi State University, students who completed a FAFSA had over four times (4X) greater odds of enrolling in college than those who did not complete a FAFSA. While many schools will have high FAFSA completion rates by August, students could receive more state funding, institutional dollars, and private scholarships if they complete the FASFA by March 31st. Our goal is to increase the FAFSA completion in each high school by March 31st. We want to assist high schools in helping students receive as much funding as they can!

The FAFSA Challenge

Mississippi public high schools are invited to join the challenge to promote FAFSA completion and win $500 for the school! Participating high schools will compete among other schools in their category, i.e. 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A,6A. There will be winners in each category for one of three FAFSA attainments: the highest FAFSA percentage, the highest FAFSA percent increase, and the best FAFSA completion strategy.  The FAFSA Challenge deadline is March 31, 2021. Click here to register to compete!

 

Rules

  •  FAFSA completion results will use the federal data (compiled and analyzed by IHL) with the closest federal reporting period to March 31, comparing 2020 to 2021 completion. High school senior enrollment will come from the Mississippi Department of Education as reported from the high school late fall. 

  • One winner will be chosen from each category: 

    • Overall highest % FAFSA completion

    •  Overall highest % increase

    • Most innovative strategy for creating a college culture and increasing FAFSA completion. To win the $500 for best FAFSA completion strategy, a final report will be due by April 30, 2021.

FAQs for FAFSA Challenge

  •  Who can join the competition? This competition is for public high schools across Mississippi.

  • What does the winning high school receive? The winning high school in each category will receive $500 for their counseling office to support a college culture.

  • What if I didn’t participate in your FAFSA training? That’s fine. This doesn’t have to be about assisting folks with individual FAFSA completion. This might be more of helping support the a college-going culture.

  • What if our community college already partners with Get2College and are in the high school? You can still participate to move the needle beyond your FAFSA completion day. You can find new ways to reach students such as using the student record level data available from the MS Office of Student Financial Aid to improve the high school’s FAFSA completion rate.

For more information contact Brandi Lyndall at blyndall@get2college.org or call 228-875-4441.