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$90 Million in Aid Left Behind by Michigan Students? FAFSA Challenge Can Help

Building on a key pillar of its Forward Detroit strategy to increase the number of adults in the region with postsecondary degrees, the Detroit Regional Chamber recently launched its “Race to the FAFSA Line” challenge. Through its Detroit Drives Degrees initiative, to date, the Chamber has signed up 66 schools in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties that have pledged to increase FAFSA applications in the coming year.

FAFSA completion is correlated to a 90 percent college attendance rate upon high school graduation. The challenge supports low-income and minority students in taking their next step to earning postsecondary education. Last year, only 52 percent of high school seniors in the region successfully filled out the FAFSA. The regional goal of the competition is to achieve 60 percent completion by the end of the year.

Emagine Entertainment Inc. will provide a grand prize of an all-night senior class party and other prizes to winning schools.

“We are thrilled to support the Chamber’s efforts to increase regional higher education attainment through the FAFSA competition. This addresses a significant problem for high school students aspiring to continue their education. Michigan students left over $90 million of federal aid on the table last year,” said Emagine CEO and Chamber board member Paul Glantz.

For more information on Detroit Drives Degrees, contact Melanie D’Evelyn at