PRIMER: Arizona Students On The Path To Postsecondary Education

News Release

January 8, 2021

Across the nation, 84% of high school seniors who complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) go to college immediately after graduation — compared to just 55% of seniors who do not complete the application, according to the National College Attainment Network. 

FAFSA helps students get financial aid and scholarships to help pay for college. That’s why Arizona is working to achieve a 52% FAFSA completion rate and gradually increase to 78% by 2030. Increased FAFSA completion will create more postsecondary options for Arizona students and grow the state’s workforce. The Governor’s Office, Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, and Achieve60AZ in 2018 partnered to promote the statewide FAFSA challenge and increase the completion rate. 

Resources For Families And Schools:

Professional Development Training
Professional learning opportunities, including preparing students for college and career planning, are available for educators and counselors. College Success Arizona has information on upcoming opportunities HERE.

Students And Families 
Free resources are available HERE for Arizona students and their families. Arizonans can call 1-833-AZFAFSA for English or 1-833-MiFAFSA for Spanish on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to access the Arizona FAFSA and College Advising Hotline at no charge. Students can also text 602-786-8171 or click HERE to ask questions and find information. 

Additionally, the Helios Education Foundation has a playbook that students and families can use to learn more about FAFSA and the benefits of completing it. The playbook can be found HERE

On Tuesday, January 12, an AZ FAFSA Drive-In will be held in Mesa so students and their families can get assistance with submitting FAFSA. Details on the event and what to bring can be found HERE.

More information can be found HERE.

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