What is #cash4college?
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

school counselors

#cash4college is 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. 

This year, Mesa is sponsoring a year-long #cash4college drive to encourage high school seniors and their families to learn more about and successfully complete FAFSAs. In 2018, Mesa had a 38% percent FAFSA completion rate and our goal is to get to 45% in 2019. 

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 campus Academic Advisors 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.

Graduation cap on top of pile of cash

Frequently Asked Questions

The FAFSA Process
Parent's Guide to Filing a FAFSA
Learn More about Financial Aid
Student/Parent Flyer (English)
Student/Parent Flyer (Spanish)
Who is my FAFSA parent?


Who is my FAFSA parent?


Undocumented Students


Undocumented Students


Free FAFSA workshops

Let us help you get cash4college at
an upcoming Mesa workshop

Arizona FAFSA Challenge
FAFSA Completion Project
FAFSA Overview
How to Fill Out the FAFSA
Types of Student Aid (#cash4college)
Financial Aid Myths