What is #cash4college and #strive455?
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
#cash4college and #strive455 represent a district initiative in response to the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Completion grant awarded to Mesa in 2018. The overall goal of the grant is to help our community learn more about why the FAFSA is important and how to complete it. We hope to raise awareness, so that our students can succeed in their life's goals. The competition is also in partnership with the State of Arizona's FAFSA Challenge. In 2019, Mesa's goal was to raise our 38% percent FAFSA completion rate to 45%. We actually got to 48%!
This year, in 2019, we are continuing our goal and striving to get to 55% FAFSA completion. Mesa will continue sponsoring a year-long #cash4college and #strive455 drive to encourage high school seniors and their families to learn more about and successfully complete FAFSAs.
To encourage this effort, a schoolwide competition will be in place to encourage FAFSA-related efforts on our six high school campuses.Talk to your School Counselors for more details.
For more on resources to support students with college planning, please visit our "Prepare to Succeed" page.
FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is critical in helping students obtain funding for college. Every student who plans to attend tuition-based institutions after high school should file a FAFSA during their senior year.