SASD Staff Members Attend National FAFSA Completion Pilot Project in Indianapolis
Steve Schneider, South High School Counselor, Judy Rowe, North High School Counselor, and Lisa Patton, Assistant Coordinator of Special Education and Pupil Services attended a convening sponsored by Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Indianapolis on Oct. 9-10. This convening, which brought together representatives of 87 school districts from across the nation, focused on kicking off the US Department of Education FAFSA Completion Pilot Project.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form that provides access to all types of federal financial aid, including Pell Grants and federal students loans. The FAFSA also acts as an application for state and institutional aid in many cases. The FAFSA Completion Pilot Project will enable participating districts to track student completion of the form, and target efforts to ensure that many more students take that step.
“Our goal is to help students arrive at school each fall less worried about how they will pay for college and more focused on how they will complete college,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Data from the initial sites participating in the FAFSA Completion Project has been very promising as significant increases in the number of students completing their FAFSA forms has been attained. The project has huge implications as to the use of data to assist school counselors and administrators in support of their students accessing postsecondary options and having the financial support to pursue their dreams. This work is critically important as research shows that 90% of students who complete the FAFSA will enroll in postsecondary education within 12 months of high school graduation.”
As civic, philanthropic and thought leaders, community foundation leaders are in a unique position to influence the priority placed on higher education attainment in cities and towns across the country.
Schneider, Rowe, Patton and the Sheboygan Area School District will be key partners and guiding forces in ensuring that more students access the financial aid available to them, leading to higher college participation and success.
“The opportunities and advantages provided by going to, and succeeding in, college have never been greater,” said Lumina Foundation Program Officer Thomas Major Jr. “Education is the only route to economic prosperity for both individuals and the cities and towns where they reside. We applaud the districts participating in the FAFSA Completion Pilot Project for their dedication to making an impact on the lives of their students.”
Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
November 26, 2012