New Tool Helps High Schools Boost FAFSA Completions

As the cost of college continues to increase, financial aid becomes ever more important. While many factors are involved in the decision to attend college, there is a strong correlation between FAFSA completion and college enrollment.

FAFSAPreviously, high schools relied on self-reported surveys to estimate their FAFSA completion rate and that data can be inaccurate. For this reason, Federal Student Aid is providing high schools with current data about their FAFSA submissions and completions so that high schools can track their progress and help to ensure that their students complete a FAFSA. A completed FAFSA allows the Department to determine a potential student’s eligibility for federal student aid – a key factor in families’ college decisions.

The data included in the attached charts reflect the number of submitted and completed FAFSAs among applicants no older than 18 who will have received their high school diploma by the start of the 2012-2013 school year. The data is displayed in spreadsheets broken down by state that include the school name and city of the high school. Learn more about the data assumptions and view frequently asked questions.

Click here to access FAFSA submission and completion data for every high school.

4 Comments

  1. As a high school counselor I could have more of an impact on the follow through of my students to complete the financial aid process. Without names, however, I’m not much better off simply knowing how many of my students applied if I don’t know which ones they are.

  2. This is great! I just wish there could be one more field on the excel file. I would love to see the NCES Common Core school id. If this was on the spreadsheet, we could map that to the rest of our data sets! It would also be great to be able to download all the data for all schools in one file.

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