escambia county FAFSA challenge
Economic forecasts show that most newly created jobs by 2025 will require coursework beyond high school. In Escambia County just 2 in 5 adults 25 years and older have at least an associate’s degree.
Lack of funding to support continued education is among the top barriers students identify for not completing a postsecondary credential. Finding ways to increase access to financial aid, scholarships, and other forms of support is critical to increasing degree attainment. Alongside our school district and postsecondary partners, Achieve Escambia is joining forces with business and community partners to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The FAFSA provides grants, loans and work-study funds to students and plays a pivotal role in many students’ decisions to attend college.
With support from the Higher Education Coordinating Council, the Escambia County FAFSA Challenge is kicking off in 2018 with a goal of increasing FAFSA completion rates by 5% in the coming year for the graduating class of 2019 compared to 2018.
FAFSA completion is the first step in helping students finance postsecondary education. It’s also a roadblock for students already enrolled at George Stone Technical College, Pensacola State College and University of West Florida.
Keep track of our progress online as we continue to build a cross-sector Local College Action Network of leaders who are passionate about implementing shared strategies that address barriers facing high school graduates and adult learners.
ℹ Florida College Access Network. More detailed FAFSA completion information for each high school can be found at http://floridacollegeaccess.org/research-and-data/florida-fafsa-challenge-dashboard/.