Gov. Gretchen 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 Affordability Tracker provides accessible data for schools to better understand their current FAFSA completion landscape and progress with the College Board Opportunity Scholarship (CBOS) steps. The FAFSA data displayed on the tracker is provided by MIStudentAid within the Michigan Department of Treasury. The CBOS data on the tracker is provided by the College Board.
Through the Affordability 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, in addition to CBOS data. The Tracker is a great tool for school counselors to track their school’s progress and to easily highlight the successes.
Schools are highly encouraged to submit a Data Use Agreement to MIStudentAid to access the MISSG Portal. The MISSG Portal provides access to student level data on FAFSA completion and allows counselors and school administrators to identify students who may be in need of additional support.
Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC)
Executive Office of the Governor
Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP)
Michigan Department of Education (MDE)
Michigan Department of Labor Economic and Opportunity (LEO)
Student Scholarships and Grants (SSG) – Michigan Department of Treasury
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.
The FAFSA Assistance Chatbot from The College Board is currently available to the high school class of 2021 students participating in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships.