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.


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 |
How Schools Engage Students to Help Increase FAFSA Completion

Some schools are tapping students to provide encouragement or assistance to help their peers complete the FAFSA.

Apr 24, 2019 |
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 |