From The College Board
Governor Whitmer challenged all Michigan high schools to set a bold FAFSA completion goal, select a FAFSA champion, and systematically track data on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completions. High schools accepting the challenge should sign up for the College Cash Campaign, which will provide the resources necessary to support high schools working to prioritize FAFSA completion. The goal of the College Cash Campaign is to increase Michigan’s FAFSA completion rate to 75%.
The College Cash Campaign FAFSA Tracker provides accessible data for schools to better understand their current FAFSA completion landscape. The data displayed on the tracker is provided by Student Scholarship and Grants within the Michigan Department of Treasury. Through the FAFSA Tracker tool, all College Cash Campaign sites will have access to an individual school profile displaying current FAFSA completion data, trends over time, and a comparison to previous FAFSA completion cycles. The FAFSA Tracker is a great tool for school counselors to track their school’s progress and to easily highlight the successes.
The tracker displays the percent of students in a school with a completed FAFSA on file. Schools are highly encouraged to submit a Data Use Agreement to Student Scholarship and Grants to access the MISSG Portal, which will provide access to student-level data on FAFSA completion to target support to the students who need it the most.
Schools registering to participate in the College Cash Campaign are eligible for incentives. Entities reaching the FAFSA completion rates below will be provided items to celebrate the work done and encourage a continued dedication to the work.
Three overall winners: Host Governor, Lt. Governor or Michigan celebrities for commencement/Decision Day
Ten geographic winners: A bus visit to the Capitol and a photo opportunity with Governor Whitmer
Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC)
To support the FAFSA completion efforts in your school, MCAN has created a College Cash Campaign Implementation Guide. The guide should serve as a master resource for implementing the campaign and guiding students through the FAFSA. Additionally, a College Cash Campaign toolbox is available for additional support and resources including the following: