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Real students across the U.S. share their experiences completing the FAFSA and getting financial aid to attend college.
About This Project
Research shows students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are more likely to go on to college. But millions of students eligible for financial aid do not fill out the FAFSA – leaving billions of dollars on the table and their potential unfulfilled.
In partnership with the National College Access Network, the Kresge Foundation’s Education Program granted $1.6 million to challenge cities across the country to boost FAFSA completion rates. These are the stories of students who benefited from that effort. They come from different places and backgrounds, but they share the same dream… to build successful futures through a college education. Our hope is that their stories inspire other students and remind us all why financial aid is a crucial building block of the American dream.
Some students’ names have been changed to protect privacy.
Advice for students who…
Read Their StoriesWe interviewed students and counselors from cities across America to find out why filing the FAFSA worked for them and to get their advice for future students.