New Form Your Future Website Provides Fresh FAFSA Completion Tools

November 13, 2018

By Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations

NCAN has launched a revamped Form Your Future website to support schools and nonprofit organizations that help students and families with FAFSA completion.

Form Your Future® is a national campaign to increase FAFSA completion by high school seniors, specifically low-income students and students of color. These students are less likely to apply for financial aid, even though they could benefit from it most. 

Nationally, only 60.9 percent of high school seniors completed the FAFSA before graduation in 2018. However, many communities have significantly increased their completion rates through strategic collaboration, communication, student support, and use of data.

The updated Form Your Future site includes the following free resources:

  • The #FormYourFuture FAFSA Completion Tracker for the 2018-19 school year.
  • An updated "How to Fill Out the FAFSA" guide.
  • Short stories about effective FAFSA completion practices and resources from around the country.
  • Social media messages you can use in your own outreach to students.
  • A listing of key FAFSA completion resources in each state.

Here is a summary of each of these key resources and how they can help you help more students.

FAFSA Completion Tracker

The #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker displays weekly data about the percentage of high school students who have completed the FAFSA by state, city, school district, and high school. Communities can follow their progress and see how they compare to others. Enhancements include improved graphic design, simplified user interface, and the ability to sort by city as well as school district.

Since its launch in January, the tracker has received tens of thousands of visits.

A Comprehensive Guide to the FAFSA Process

The "How to Fill Out the FAFSA" guide is updated for the 2019-20 FAFSA and is the perfect first resource for individuals who are new to helping students with the FAFSA. There are many publications about how to complete the FAFSA, but this one is unique because of its focus on the issues that low-income high school seniors most often struggle with. Additionally, it includes the handout “Six Things to Do After Filing the FAFSA” in English and Spanish. 

Success Stories From Your Peers

The "What Works" section of the website presents short stories about effective FAFSA completion strategies and the challenges students face. NCAN will continue to add stories throughout the year. Topics range from how to train volunteers to using data to guide student outreach.

You can also easily submit your own "What Works" item for publication to help inspire others.

Fun Social Posts to Promote FAFSA Completion

Another enhancement this year is a new interface, Social Press Kit, which makes it easy for you to send inspirational #FormYourFuture messages via your own Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Just click on the message you like and connect your social account!

List of State Resources

Finally, the site provides an updated listing of the single best online resource for getting FAFSA completion information or assistance in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Your state may provide a calendar of in-person FAFSA completion events or even a state hotline by phone, text, or online chat.

NCAN encourages you to share the Form Your Future website with your local high schools and other organizations that support low-income high school students or families. Form Your Future builds on decades of FAFSA completion assistance by organizations at the local and state level, including high schools, colleges and universities, college access and success nonprofits, state higher education agencies, and state chapters of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). By working together, we can help more students access financial aid and make postsecondary education possible.

This year’s improvements to formyourfuture.org were made possible with the generous support of Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates and The Kresge Foundation as part of the 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge.

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