Introduction: Why Focus on FAFSA?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a mysterious yet necessary step to receive financial assistance for students hoping to attend postsecondary institutions after high school. ImpactTulsa sought to offer practical resources to high school staff to increase the number of senior students completing the FAFSA and as a result, increase the number of students who matriculate into postsecondary institutions.
By 2025, 77% of Oklahoma jobs will need a credential beyond a high school diploma.1 The majority of Oklahoma students remain in the state following graduation; therefore, postsecondary credentials will be imperative for students to become self-sufficient adults.
ImpactTulsa chose to tackle a low-hanging fruit in the community: use aligned resources to increase FAFSA completion addressing a barrier to postsecondary entry. According to the National College Access Network, ninety percent of seniors who complete the FAFSA enroll directly in college, versus only fifty-five percent who don’t complete the FAFSA.2
Prickett, A. (2016, December 29). Gov. Fallin launches goal hoping to increase Oklahomans post-secondary education. Retrieved from http://ktul.com/news/local/gov-fallin-launches-goal-hoping-to-increase-oklahomans-post-secondary-education
Morgan , E. (n.d.). Why Invest in Increasing FAFSA Completion. Retrieved from http://www.collegeaccess.org/WhyInvestFAFSA