SARASOTA – A new program hopes to help students – and their families – by promoting the free app for completion of Federal Student Aid.
The Florida College Access Network launched the Cash for College campaign across Florida with new partners as part of this effort.
In a press release, FCAN said 4 in 5 Florida students use financial aid to pay for their education – and the FAFSA is making that process easier.
“The campaign aims to counter the impact of COVID-19 on college enrollment and is a compliment to FCAN’s Florida FAFSA Challenge,” he said in a press release. Nationally, direct enrollment after high school graduation declined 6.9% in fall 2020, and enrollment declines were 2.3 times greater in schools lower-income secondary schools than in high-income schools. Research also shows that low-income, first-generation, and students of color are among the least likely to complete the FAFSA. “
This suggests that those who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in college and graduate, he said.
“The FAFSA is a strong indicator of students entering and attending college, which ultimately leads to better career outcomes for them and a stronger economy for the state, but only 37.1% of high school students have finished the FAFSA so far, ”FCAN Executive Director Charleita M. Richardson said in the press release. “This is why we are encouraging our partners across the state to focus their efforts on supporting students with their FAFSAs.”
Richardson said the campaign wanted federal forms to be more accessible to students and families in Florida, according to the press release.