Race to the FAFSA Line Contest

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As part of the Detroit Drives Degrees initiative, which aims to improve regional postsecondary outcomes, the Detroit Regional Chamber is entering into its third year hosting the Student Aid Challenge for Southeast Michigan, “Race to the FAFSA Line.”

Despite the hard work of school counselors and local college access networks last year, Michigan students left more than $90 million of federal aid on the table by not filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). According to the National College Access Network, high school graduates who complete FAFSA are 63 percent more likely to enroll in college.

The goal of the Race to the FAFSA Line challenge is to increase FAFSA completion among high school seniors in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. In 2017, the challenge and a variety of other efforts boosted regional FAFSA completion to 48 percent through March 3, compared to 38 percent through 2016.

The challenge is 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 last year.

The grand prize winner for the 2018-2019 year will be awarded an all-night senior class party and the four other winners will receive VIP movie screenings, courtesy of Emagine Entertainment.

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