Ohio Department of Higher Ed Chancellor Randy Gardner and ODE Superintendent Paolo DeMaria jointly released "FAFSA 21" in spring 2021 in order to help boost FAFSA completion rates. Just over one million dollars was awarded among 25 recipients, including college access groups, educational service centers, and colleges and universities, in order to support this year's graduating students in completing their FAFSA. As the FAFSA 21 funding concludes, the awardees have shared some of the best practices they have discovered over the last few months:
- Mobile vans that travel to families
- Using community events & setting up FAFSA filing stations, including laptops
- Leveraging the use of libraries
- Sending individual emails from counselors
- Using data to guide outreach
- Combining FAFSA support with incentives such as free tax filing
The Chancellor and Superintendent are pleased to announce the new FAFSA 22 Funding Opportunity. Through this opportunity, $1.8 million dollars from Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds will be made available to college-and-credential-attainment-focused nonprofits and Educational Service Center organizations to increase FAFSA completion rates during the 2021-22 school year. Applications are due no later than August 20, 2021. Please find additional information HERE.
FAFSA IS FOR YOU
A new website exists for Ohio students and families seeking FAFSA information; please feel free to share. Soon, counselors and others working on FAFSA completion will also find a downloadable toolkit of marketing materials that are free to use, including social media images and printable posters. That toolkit is under construction and will be available shortly, but the website is live now! Please visit our new website HERE.