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.


Sambat: Helping Every Single Student, No Matter How Long It Takes

After graduating from college, Sambat returned to his alma mater, Hunter High School, to help students realize their college dreams.

Nov 22, 2019 |
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Leslie: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help

As a peer coach, Leslie used social media and one-on-one intereactions to help her high school classmates complete the FAFSA.

Oct 29, 2019 |
5 Cities Receive Awards for 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge Efforts

In an effort to boost FAFSA completion rates across the country, NCAN selected 25 U.S. cities to receive a grant of up to $40,000 each for the 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge.

Sep 24, 2019 |
Illinois Becomes Third State to Require FAFSA Completion for High School Graduation

A new Illinois mandatory FAFSA policy will go into effect during the 2020-21 academic year.

Aug 16, 2019 |
Texas to Require FAFSA for High School Completion

Texas becomes the second state, after Louisiana, to make FAFSA completion a requirement for high school graduation.

Jul 17, 2019 |
Nick: Riding Out Life’s Ups and Downs

A high school school counselor’s presentation on the FAFSA and financial aid gave Nick hope on figuring out a way to pay for college.

Jun 24, 2019 |