FAFSA Day – FAFSA Challenge



FAFSA Challenge 2019-2020

The Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of Massachusetts high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an essential financial aid application for students to access federal, state, and institutional aid programs to help cover college costs. The challenge encourages all Massachusetts schools and districts to set a goal of FAFSA completion for as many students as possible. Please see the FAFSA Challenge flyer for the upcoming academic year – FAFSA Challenge flyer 2019-2020


This was the second year of the FAFSA challenge and it was a great success!

2019-2020 FAFSA Challenge:

In May of 2019, awards were issued to three high schools in the following categories:

Award Categories 

  • Highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate through May 1, 2019.
    • 1 award for a small high school
    • 1 award for a large high school
  • Most Improved FAFSA completion percentage rate through May 1, 2019 (compared to May 2018)

Award Parameters 

  • Three awards in total will be issued
  • Each award will be $750 awarded to the winning high school in each category
  • The high school will use the $750 to award a scholarship to one of its students.

2019 Winners

  Category: Highest Percentage of FAFSA Completion

  • Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School (small) – Sabrina will attend College of the Holy Cross
  • O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science (large) – (No information from the school)

Category: Most Improved Percentage

  • Boston Arts Academy – Alexis will attend Salem State University

Congratulations on a job well done by these high schools and congratulations to our winners!

All high schools physically located in Massachusetts were invited to participate in the Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge.   FAFSADay Challenge Flyer 2018-19



Congratulations Sabrina!                                         Congratulations Alexis!


During the previous 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 announced the winners of the 2017-18 FAFSA Challenge last May 2018! 

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!