Race to the FAFSA Line Contest

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The Detroit Regional Chamber, through its Detroit Drives Degrees initiative, is excited to announce the Student Aid Challenge for Southeast Michigan, Race to the FAFSA LineThe goal of the Challenge is to achieve 60 percent FAFSA completion among high school seniors in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Despite the hard work of school counselors and local college access networks last year, Michigan students left over $90 million of federal aid on the table by not filling out the FAFSA.

2016-17 Race to the FAFSA Line Challenge Results

The Student Aid Challenge was a collaborative effort involving partners such as the Michigan College Access Network, Detroit College Access Network, Emagine Entertainment, Oakland Schools, Wayne RESA and several local college access networks.

More than 85 schools throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties registered for the competition. 2017 winners included:

  • Grand Prize Winner: Overall Most Improved FAFSA Completion: Trillium Academy – 37 percent improvement since 2016 (Taylor)
  • Most Improved FAFSA Completion for Medium Schools: South Lake High School – 8 percent improvement since 2016 (Saint Clare Shores)
  • Most Improved FAFSA Completion for Large Schools: Western International High School – 8 percent improvement since 2016 (Detroit)
  • Most Innovative FAFSA Completion Strategy: Cornerstone Health & Technology High School – 20 percent improvement since 2016 (Detroit)
  • Highest Overall FAFSA Completion Rate: University High School Academy – 91 percent FAFSA completion rate (Southfield)

As grand prize winner, Trillium Academy will be awarded an all-night senior class party and the four other winners will receive VIP movie screenings, courtesy of Emagine Entertainment.

Read more on the results of the 2016-17 Race to the FAFSA Line Challenge.

Check back in the Fall of 2017 for more information on the 2017-18 Race to the FAFSA Line Challenge. 

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