A new report released by Education Strategy Group (ESG) and Level UP, features the work of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation's (WHEF) Get2College program. Get2College offers college access services to students throughout the state of Mississippi, including free ACT prep, educator training and professional development, and hands-on Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion support for students and families. Mississippi has one of the highest FAFSA completion rates in the nation, with 65% of high school seniors having completed the form (page 3 of the report).
Fast Track FAFSA Completion includes key findings on the importance of FAFSA completion, as well as a set of recommendations for states and local communities as they work to increase FAFSA completion.
Key findings include:
- Increasing FAFSA completion is a fundamental step in state efforts to meet their postsecondary attainment goals.
- Students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in higher education, persist in college coursework, and ultimately obtain a degree or credential.
Despite these findings, over 1/3 of the nation's high school seniors fail to complete the form each year, leaving an estimated $3.4 billion in financial aid on the table. And the students who stand to benefit the most, including low-income and first-generation students, are the least likely to complete the form.
Read the full report and recommendations here.