The Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign to increase the proportion of Massachusetts high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which helps students qualify for federal aid like Pell grants to pay for their college expenses. The challenge encourages all Massachusetts schools and districts to set a goal of FAFSA completion for as many students as possible.
2018-2019 FAFSA Challenge:
On May 20, 2019, awards will be issued to three high schools in the following categories:
- Highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate through May 1, 2019 (small & large school)
- Most Improved FAFSA completion percentage rate through May 1, 2019 (compared to May 1, 2018)
- Three awards total will be issued (one in each of the three award categories)
- Each award will be $750 awarded to the winning high school
- The high school will use the $750 to award a scholarship to one of its students.
All high schools physically located in Massachusetts may participate in the Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge.
Last season, the 2017-2018 FAFSA Challenge encouraged Massachusetts’ schools and districts to set a goal of FAFSA completion for as many students as possible. Incentives included a scholarship prize of $750 for schools’ efforts in highest overall and most improved participating percentage through May 1st. That year, there was a tie for the highest overall completion, so the FAFSA Day committee issued 3 awards of $750 each to the winning high schools, which then awarded the scholarship to a student of their choice.
FAFSA Day MA is excited to announce the winners of the 2017-18 FAFSA Challenge!
The winners of the 2017-2018 FAFSA Challenge were:
Highest overall FAFSA completion (tied) goes to Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School ($375 to 2 students) and City on a Hill Charter Public School. Scholarships were awarded to:
- Ashlyn M. attending Framingham State University
- Gerardo A. attending University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Destiny H. attending Bridgewater State University
Most Improved FAFSA completion rate goes to Lawrence High School Campus. A scholarship was awarded to:
- Martha H. attending University of Massachusetts Lowell
Congratulations and great job to our winners!