Iowa College Aid Insider: Teaching & Advising College-Bound Students (Jan. 2018)
IN THIS ISSUE:
Improved FAFSA tracking for any public school in Iowa
A new data sharing agreement with the Iowa Department of Education gives Iowa College Aid its most effective method ever to track FAFSA completion rates among Iowa’s high school seniors.
At FAFSA.Iowa.gov, you can see the FAFSA completion rate for any public high school in the state and compare against last year’s rate. You can also track completion rates at the district, AEA or state level. The new data sharing agreement lets us compare the list of Iowans who have completed FAFSAs against the list of currently enrolled high school seniors. Previously, our research staff estimated which FAFSA filers were high school seniors based on age and education level.
Has your school signed on to Iowa College Aid’s FAFSA Completion Initiative? It’s not too late.
Schools or districts that sign a FAFSA Completion Data Sharing Agreement can pinpoint which seniors have not completed their FAFSAs, then offer targeted one-on-one assistance. The FAFSA Completion Initiative is part of Iowa College Aid’s Course to College, which also includes the Iowa College Application Campaign and College Decision Day. This spring, watch for our new Early College Awareness Initiative. In FY 2017, more than 100 schools took part in the FAFSA Completion Initiative.
Has the FAFSA fallen off your students’ radar? Priority deadlines will start hitting in the next couple of months, so now is a great time for a reminder. These are the deadlines to keep in mind:
School deadlines: They vary from school to school, so students should start checking and making timelines now. The priority deadline for many schools is March 1. Students might still receive aid if they file after that date, but their chances won’t be as good.
State deadlines: Iowa’s deadline is July 1. Check other state deadlines.
Federal deadline: For the 2018-19 school year, students can actually file the FAFSA through June 30, 2019—but waiting that long will leave them out of many opportunities.