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.


Liliana: Ignoring People Who Said I Couldn’t Do It

Liliana found the answers to her parent income questions and the additional documentation needed with the help from counselors at Café College.

Nov 27, 2018 |
10 Key Tips and Tools for Helping Students Understand Financial Aid

TICAS and uAspire share ways that counselors can help students and families approach the issue of college affordability and understand their financial aid options.

Nov 4, 2018 |
Danica: Leaving High School with No Regrets

Danica had a difficult upbringing with her biological parents. A counselor helped her explain the FAFSA to her grandmother — and why it mattered.

Nov 1, 2018 |
Lessons From Four States That Are Doing It Well

Read what worked for the only four states in which FAFSA completion rates both exceeded the national completion rate and were higher in lower-income districts than in higher-income districts.

Oct 28, 2018 |
Farhat: Making My Family Proud

Farhat, daughter of Bangledashi immigrants, brought her dad to Heart of Los Angeles to fill out the FAFSA.

Oct 27, 2018 |
How 22 Cities Helped High School Students Complete More FAFSAs and Get More Financial Aid Dollars

1) Don’t reinvent the wheel. 2) Coordinate efforts. 3) Provide one-on-one help. Read more lessons learned from the Kresge Foundation’s review of the 2016-17 FAFSA Completion Challenge Grant Initiative participants.

Oct 26, 2018 |