myFutureNC will sponsor the inaugural 2021 First in FAFSA Challenge! We know that completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is a good predictor of a student attending and completing higher education. myFutureNC has been lifting up this work to create a college-going culture with a goal of moving the needle on college access and completion. Increasing FAFSA completion is a fundamental step in North Carolina’s efforts to meet our statewide education attainment goal. Students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in higher education, persist in their college coursework, and obtain a degree. While many schools will have higher FAFSA completion rates by the time students graduate, additional state funding, institutional dollars, and private scholarships may be available if the FAFSA is completed earlier in their senior year of high school. Our goal in this first year of the FAFSA Challenge is to increase FAFSA completion in every high school in North Carolina by partnering with high schools to ensure students receive as much funding as possible!
North Carolina public high schools are invited to join the challenge to promote FAFSA completion and the chance to win $500 for their school! Participating high schools will compete among similar schools by senior class size and location:
Cooperative Innovative High Schools (CIHS)
There will be winners in each of the following four categories:
The FAFSA Challenge registration deadline ended on Friday February 19, 2021 (5:00pm ET).
Winners of the grants will be announced in July/August 2021.
This competition is for public high schools across North Carolina who register to join the Challenge.
The NC First in FAFSA Tracker will be updated weekly to support your day-to-day efforts in supporting your students in completing the FAFSA. myFutureNC will send out a monthly newsletter highlighting schools and districts with month-over-month growth, additional resources and events to support your students, and opportunities to learn from other schools in their approaches.
For more information about the Challenge, contact NCFirstinFAFSA@myfuturenc.org
The applications for the Innovation Grant are now closed.