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.


Christina: The Cost of College Won’t Hold Me Back

Christina’s Honduran born mom was reluctant to complete the FAFSA. A Heart of Los Angeles workshop in Spanish finally convinced her.

Mar 26, 2019 |
How Iowa College Aid Provides Student-Specific FAFSA Completion Data to Schools

All public high schools in Iowa are now receiving student-specific FAFSA completion data. Learn about the partnership that makes this data-sharing possible.

Feb 27, 2019 |
Manny: Growing Up in a Family with Mixed Immigration Status

Manny’s parents have mixed immigration status. One-on-one help from a counselor was the key to completing the FAFSA.

Feb 7, 2019 |
Tips for Engaging Parents in FAFSA Completion

Rene Diaz and Alma Vargas of GEAR UP Chicago highlight experience-based tips and strategies on how best to involve parents in the FAFSA completion process.

Jan 23, 2019 |
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 |