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FWISD Launches #StartHereGoAnywhere To Boost FAFSA Completion Rates

The Fort Worth ISD will launch a series of initiatives this month encouraging graduating seniors to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).fafsa

On Monday October 15, the District launches its FAFSA campaign, #StartHereGoAnywhere. From October through April, students who apply for FAFSA will receive a T-shirt and be entered into monthly drawings for prizes. The school with the highest percentage of students completing FAFSA monthly will receive a banner to display outside its campus.

“Some people may say, ‘well I don’t qualify,” said Dr. Anita Perry, academic advisement director. “You don’t know until you apply. Start here and you can get anywhere.

“You can’t be eligible for aid unless you apply.”

In June FWISD was named among 25 U.S. education institutions and organizations selected to receive a grant up to $40,000 for boosting FAFSA completion rates by 5 percent the 2018-2019 school year. District officials have a goal to increase completion rates among students by 6 percent, Dr. Perry said.

This is the second iteration of the challenge and the first time FWISD has participated. Fort Worth is one of eight Texas organizations awarded the grant.

In September 2019, the National College Access Network will award a $100,000 grand prize to one city that’s shown great gains in FAFSA completion rates through the adoption of effective strategies and that shows likability to sustain the percentage rates. The announcement will be made at the NCAN National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Monday, October 1 was the first day students could officially begin submitting FAFSA applications nationwide.

The District will host Financial Aid Help Sessions in both English and Spanish at its high schools throughout the fall semester to assist students and their families in completing the FAFSA/TASFA process. All sessions will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here for additional Financial Aid Help Session details and a complete list of session dates and times.

For more FAFSA details, visit studentaid.gov.

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