School Challenge Leaderboard

Thanks to the hard work, creativity and commitment of school counselors and partners across North Carolina, more students have completed the FAFSA application and are on their way to a high quality postsecondary degree or credential.

The following school districts and schools have reached the NC First in FAFSA Leaderboard based on FAFSA completion data provided by the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid and total high school seniors provided by NC DPI.

*Updates to the leaderboard are made on a monthly basis. The next update will by March 9, 2021 to reflect February data.

To view these data at the district and school levels, please visit the NC First in FAFSA Tracker.

For frequently asked questions and to learn more about the FAFSA and school data used in this dashboard, please visit the FAQs.

NC First in FAFSA Leaderboard

As of January 29, 2021

FAFSA Completion Rate to date
For the 2020-21 academic year for the
2021-22 FAFSA application year
FAFSA Completion Rate Growth for Previous Month
(comparing the month from 2021 to 2020
and listing % point change)
  1. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools (53%)
  2. Weldon City Schools (52.2%)
  3. Asheville City Schools (51.6%)
  4. Elkin City Schools (51.5%)
  5. Mooresville City Schools (47.1%)
  1. Weldon City Schools (+14.6%)
  2. Greene County Schools (+8.1%)
  3. Newton-Conover City Schools (+7.1%)
  4. Person County Schools (+6%)
  5. Gates County Schools (+5.7%)
Large High Schools
  1. Marvin Ridge High (57.7%)
  2. Enloe High (56.2%)
  3. East Chapel Hill High (54.6%)
  4. Cox Mill High (53.7%)
  5. Chapel Hill High (53.4%)
  1. Pinecrest High (+8.9%)
  2. Northern High (+7.3%)
  3. Hickory Ridge High (+6.6%)
  4. Harnett Central High (+4.8%)
  5. Scotland High (+4.6%)
Medium High Schools
  1. Central Academy of Tech. and Arts (61.3%)
  2. Atkins Academic & Tech High (60.4%)
  3. Durham School of the Arts (58.8%)
  4. Asheville High (50.4%)
  5. Carrboro High (50.2%)
  1. Havelock High (+10.9%)
  2. Newton-Conover High (+9.4%)
  3. Mount Pleasant High (+8.4%)
  4. Southwest High (+8.1%)
  5. Swansboro High (+5.9%)
Small High Schools
  1. Philip J Weaver Ed Center (75%)
  2. Highland School of Technology (62.2%)
  3. Northwest School of the Arts (54%)
  4. Chatham Central High (52.8%)
  5. Elkin High (51.5%)
  1. North Moore HIgh (+9.2%)
  2. South Stokes High (+8.5%)
  3. Highland School of Technology (+7.6%)
  4. Greene Central High (+6.8%)
  5. Gates County Senior High (+5.7%)
X-Small High Schools
  1. Nantahala School (83.3%)
  2. Ocracoke School (75%)
  3. Hiwassee Dam High (73.1%)
  4. Discovery High (63%)
  5. Andrews High (61.8%)
  1. Ocracoke School (+36.5%)
  2. Weldon STEM High (+26.5%)
  3. Hiwassee Dam High (+17.9%)
  4. Andrews High (+11.8%)
  5. Perf. Learning Center (Cabarrus) (+11.8%)
Charter High Schools
  1. Oxford Prep (73.6%)
  2. Pine Lake Prep (71%)
  3. Henderson Collegiate (67.4%)
  4. Woods Charter (66.6%)
  5. The Hawbridge School (64.5%)
  1. The Hawbridge School (+12.7%)
  2. Bear Grass Charter School (+11.1%)
  3. Longleaf School of the Arts (+9.7%)
  4. Pine Lake Prep (+9.4%)
  5. Franklin Academy (+5.8%)


Currently, Cooperative Innovative High Schools (CIHS) are not listed in the Leaderboard for data limitation reasons. CIHS schools include an array of graduating seniors by grade level which makes it challenging to calculate the true FAFSA completion rate for these schools. NC First in FAFSA continues to work with partners to refine the data and raise awareness about its limitations. We encourage CIHS schools to use the Finish the FAFSA report on which includes the most accurate FAFSA submission and completion data.

FAFSA completion rates in the NC First in FAFSA Tracker and Leaderboard may be different from data on the Finish the FAFSA report on because data on the number of seniors who completed the FAFSA are directly from the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid (FSA). These data represent a subset of students FSA identified as “seniors” based on how these students answered questions in their FAFSA application. For example, students who answered they have attended college before may not be identified as high school seniors in the FSA data set and therefore not captured in the Tracker.