Report: Staking Their Claim: Promising Practices for Facilitating FAFSA Completion

Posted by ASA Research on March 17, 2020

Evaluators Identify Promising Practices From the 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge
By Sara Melnick, Deputy Director, National College Attainment Network

ASA Research recently released their evaluation of NCAN’s 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge. The report, “Staking Their Claim: Promising Practices for Facilitating FAFSA Completion,” identifies essential conditions, promising practices, challenges, and recommendations for increasing Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion, a major barrier to college access and attainment for students from low-income backgrounds. In addition to the full report, ASA released detailed case studies of five of the Challenge grantee sites. These case studies highlight hurdles each site encountered, along with some lessons learned.

This second NCAN FAFSA Completion Challenge, funded by the Kresge Foundation and Ascendium Education Group, awarded grants to 25 cities with lower-than-average FAFSA completion rates, with the charge to raise these rates by 5 percentage points for the high school graduating class of 2019 over that of the class of 2018.

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