Race to the FAFSA Line Contest

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Congratulations to the 2018-2019 Race to the FAFSA Line winners:

  • Grand Prize Winner for Overall Most Improved FAFSA Completion: Detroit International Academy for Young Women for 49 percent improvement.
  • Most Improved FAFSA Completion for Medium Schools: Romulus Senior High School for 14 percent improvement.
  • Most Improved FAFSA Completion for Large Schools: Grosse Point South High School for 11 percent improvement.
  • Most Innovative FAFSA Completion Strategy: Frontier International Academy for 84 percent overall completion rate.
  • Highest Overall FAFSA Completion Rate: Taylor Preparatory High School for 128 percent completion.*

*The FAFSA completion rate is calculated using the total number of completed FAFSAs and the total number of seniors in a class. The rate can be over 100% if students filling out the FAFSA for the first time are 19 years old and no longer in high school, as so in the case at Taylor Preparatory High School.

About Race to the FAFSA Line

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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