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 Line. The goal of the challenge is to achieve 65 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.

We invite your high school to register to participate in the Race to the FAFSA Line Challenge, which will run from October 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018. All public and private high schools in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties are eligible to participate. Schools with the most improved FAFSA completion rates have the chance to win a grand prize of a senior all-night party generously supported by Emagine Entertainment.

 

 

2016-17 Race to the FAFSA Line Challenge Results

Last year, more than 85 schools throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties registered for the Challenge and our regional FAFSA completion rate was 59.4 percent, meaning nearly 1,500 more students completed their FAFSA compared to the previous year.


We would like to extend a special thanks to our sponsors: Chemical BankDTE Energy, Independent Bank, Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office, Independent Bank,  Kerkstra Precast and University of Michigan-Dearborn.

See our full list of sponsors here.

The 2017-18 Race to the FAFSA Line Competition for Southeast Michigan is coordinated by the FAFSA Action Team that is a subgroup of Detroit Drives Degrees and the Detroit College Access Network (DCAN), including:

 

 

 

 

Read about our region’s successes last year.

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