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.


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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 |
Zachary: Building a Stable Future for Myself

The Educational Talent Search helped Zachary navigate the FAFSA.

Dec 19, 2019 |
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 |