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.


Michigan Gov. Whitmer
#FAFSABrightSpots: MCAN Spearheads Collective FAFSA Completion Efforts in Michigan

As part of a collective effort focused on FAFSA, Michigan’s governor challenged every high school in the state to increase their FAFSA completion rates from the year before, aiming for a 75% completion rate in 2020.

Jul 7, 2020 |
EducationQuest Staff
#FAFSABrightSpots: EducationQuest Foundation Virtually Supports FAFSA Completion

After EducationQuest staff began working from home due to COVID-19, they didn’t miss a beat in the continuation of free services, especially since some already had experience with virtual FAFSA filing.

Jun 20, 2020 |
Man using phone
Large-Scale Efforts to Boost FAFSA Completion Are Happening Across the Country

Organizations across the country are working tirelessly to help students complete the FAFSA and stay on a postsecondary path, despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

May 27, 2020 |
Laura Weego quote
Laura: Patience is Critical

Laura leads a team of college and career coaches at Career Compass of Louisiana who help students create plans for what happens after high school graduation.

Apr 17, 2020 |
Katie: Deciding If College Is Worth It

Katie’s advice is don’t assume you won’t qualify for anything. A FAFSA workshop at her school helped with the form completion process.

Feb 27, 2020 |
Mila Tappan quote card
Mila: Doing What Works for Today’s Students and Families

Mila Tappan uses a variety of resources, such as YouTube videos and Facebook Live events, to help students and families with FAFSA completion.

Jan 13, 2020 |