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.


Year-over-year percent change in 2022-23 FAFSA completions through March 31, 2022, by applicant type
FAFSA Renewals Down 12%, Nearly 900,000 Students Through March 31

As of the end of March, FAFSA renewals from currently enrolled college students have declined 12.3% year-over-year, and renewals from Pell Grant-eligible students plummeted by 15.6%.

Apr 27, 2022 |
Karina: From Rehab to College

Karina didn’t have perfect grades, but completing her FAFSA with the help of school counselor made her sure she wanted to attend college.

Dec 9, 2021 |
5 Key Components of State FAFSA Challenges

To boost financial aid application numbers, some communities have launched campaigns to increase FAFSA completion among students, often called FAFSA challenges.

Nov 15, 2021 |
NC First in FAFSA
North Carolina Model Offers Promising Statewide Approach to Driving FAFSA Completion

Using data-driven approaches, myFutureNC and the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA) have worked diligently with community partners and education nonprofits to better support school-based practitioners and families in their FAFSA completion efforts.

Oct 26, 2021 |
6 Ways to Make FAFSA Completion a Community-Wide Effort

Boosting FAFSA completion rates requires us to create a culture that inspires hope and lets students know they’re not alone. Here are six ways to spearhead a community approach.

Sep 14, 2021 |