GREENSBORO, NC (May 17, 2017) – As part of a competition to encourage seniors at Guilford County Schools high schools to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Say Yes Guilford honored five schools that had the greatest percentage of seniors complete the FAFSA in 2016-17 compared to the same period of time (by weeks) in the 2015-16 FAFSA completion process. Each of the schools received $5 per senior to celebrate the achievement.
From January through March, 2017, Say Yes hosted competitions in two separate categories through traditional high schools and academy/early/middle colleges. The five schools with the highest level of FAFSA completion increase are:
Traditional High School Category
- James B. Dudley High School
- Western Guilford High School
- High Point Central High School
Academy/Early/Middle Colleges Category
- GTCC Middle College at Jamestown
- The Academy at Central
In 2016, Say Yes Guilford scholars were offered over $12 million in financial aid through Pell, state and institutional funds. The Say Yes Guilford “Finish the FAFSA” competition was conducted as part of Say Yes Guilford/Greensboro’s selection as one of 22 US cities to receive $55,000 for the National College Access Network (NCAN) FAFSA Completion Challenge. Say Yes Guilford received the grant in 2016 with a goal of increasing FAFSA completion by ten percent among Guilford County Schools’ students in 2017.
According to NCAN, it will award three to five additional monetary prizes totaling $300,000 in September 2017 to the city demonstrating the greatest percentage growth in high school FAFSA completions for the class of 2017, the city demonstrating the highest high school FAFSA completion rate, and the city demonstrating the most innovative or collaborative FAFSA completion strategy.
The FAFSA Completion Challenge is funded through a $1.6 million grant from The Kresge Foundation. The funding awarded to the 22 cities supports the planning and execution of citywide and cross-sector FAFSA completion efforts for the 2016-17 school year, with strategic efforts to help students navigate the process.
Say Yes Guilford’s partners in the effort included the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC), the Carolina College Advising Corps, Guilford County Schools and UNC Greensboro.
More information about the grant is available online at www.collegeaccess.org/FAFSAchallenge.
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