The Guide


We’ve collected personal stories, successful tactics, and strategies that illustrate what schools and communities are doing to encourage FAFSA completion. Have your own story to share? Drop us a line, and we’ll consider posting it here.


Kyron: Better Late Than Never

A presentation from the principal at his school on the FAFSA and financial aid gave Kyron another option to pay for college beyond scholarships and paying out of pocket.

Jan 15, 2019 |
NCAN and Bill Gates Suggest Fixing FAFSA to Help More Students Succeed

The Gates Foundation suggests fixing the FAFSA by eliminating unnecessary questions, making the process applicable for all students, and using information the federal government already has, so applicants don’t have to provide it repeatedly.

Jan 2, 2019 |
Alana: Leaving Home to Pursue Nursing

Following the Project GRAD workshop instructions on what documentation to bring, it only took Alana and her mom about two hours to fill out the FAFSA at the workshop.

Dec 17, 2018 |
Achieve Atlanta’s FAFSA Success Guide

Achieve Atlanta’s FAFSA success guide shares lessons and tips for urban school leaders or school district staff interested in raising FAFSA awareness and completion in their community.

Dec 11, 2018 |
Liliana: Ignoring People Who Said I Couldn’t Do It

Liliana found the answers to her parent income questions and the additional documentation needed with the help from counselors at Café College.

Nov 27, 2018 |
10 Key Tips and Tools for Helping Students Understand Financial Aid

TICAS and uAspire share ways that counselors can help students and families approach the issue of college affordability and understand their financial aid options.

Nov 4, 2018 |