FWISD AMONG DISTRICTS SELECTED FOR PROJECT TO HELP MORE STUDENTS COMPLETE THE FAFSA AND ACCESS HIGHER EDUCATION
The U.S. Department of Education today announced that the Fort Worth Independent School District is one of 92 school districts that will now have access to individualized data to help their students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Completing the FAFSA – which is used to determine eligibility for federal aid and is the gateway to other student aid – is a critical factor in helping students access higher education.
Selected school districts, which span 30 states, will be able to track whether high school seniors have completed the FAFSA starting in the 2012-13 school year. This information will help school college guidance counselors focus efforts and resources on students who have not yet completed the process. These 92 new sites join 18 other districts that received data for the 2011-12 school year as part of the FAFSA Completion Project’s initial pilot. Since the project launched, the Department has received requests from districts and high schools to expand the pilot.
“Our district is very excited to be selected to participate in this project,” said Sara Arispe, FWISD executive director of Accountability and Data Quality. “This will help our counselors better track which graduating seniors may need additional assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is used by colleges and universities nationwide to determine eligibility for financial aid.”
Fort Worth ISD was one of only twelve Texas school districts chosen for this project and the only one in north Texas announced today.
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