College Goal Sunday Shares Resources for 2016-17 FAFSA Season

January 5, 2016

By: Jayna Cobbs, National FAFSA Completion Manager

Each year, millions of students who are eligible for federal aid for college fail to complete a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Why? Lack of information and misperceptions are the biggest reasons individuals don’t file the FAFSA. Your community group, high school, college, or nonprofit organization can help by promoting FAFSA awareness and organizing free FAFSA completion assistance for low-income students and families starting on Jan. 1, the first date that the FAFSA is available for the 2016-17 school year.

As a volunteer network of 30 organizations experienced in FAFSA completion, College Goal Sunday is pleased to share recommended resources to help you train FAFSA completion volunteers and organize FAFSA completion events. In these two sections, you will find training documents, sample handouts, planning checklists, marketing suggestions, reference materials, and selected research. The College Goal Sunday homepage also includes a U.S. map that directs users to FAFSA completion assistance in each state.

Special thanks to the steering committee organizations that helped identify these FAFSA resources: Commit! (Dallas, TX), Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Get2College (Mississippi), Ohio College Goal Sunday/University of Akron, University of New Mexico Student Academic Success and Unidos Project, and the Washington Student Achievement Council. Please share these resources with nonprofits, school counselors, and others interested in supporting first-generation, low-income, and minority college-goers.
As the network home of College Goal Sunday, the National College Access Network is also pleased to award a total of $300,000 in grants to 30 organizations listed below that lead College Goal Sunday efforts in their states for 2016. These organizations volunteer their time each year to meet the FAFSA completion needs of their students, families, and communities. NCAN thanks USA Funds for its continued support of College Goal Sunday during 2015-16.

Alabama Possible
Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators
Florida Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Georgia Student Finance Commission
Illinois Student Assistance Commission
Indiana Student Financial Aid Association
Iowa College Access Network
Kansas Association of Financial Aid Administrators
Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance
Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Mid-Eastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (Maryland)
Missouri Department of Higher Education
New Jersey Association of Financial Aid Administrators
New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association
Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Pacific Financial Aid Association (Hawaii)
Rhode Island Student Loan Authority
South Carolina Commission on Higher Education
Student Assistance Foundation of Montana
Tennessee Higher Education Commission
The Finance Authority of Maine
University Of New Mexico Foundation – Office of Student Academic Success & Unidos Project
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation
Washington Student Achievement Council
West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators


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