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"Last year, 43 percent of Arizona seniors completed a FAFSA. Our goal this year to increase that to at least 50 percent so more students can take their education to the next level and be successful in the workforce."

Governor Ducey, September 2018

Increased participation in diverse levels of postsecondary education by Arizona's graduating high school seniors is necessary to provide a workforce that fuels a growing economy and leads to a better life for students and their families. Governor Ducey has adopted the Achieve60AZ goal as part of his education agenda. As a result, Governor Ducey has provided financial support to the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education (ACPE) to create the College and Career Goal Arizona programs, a 4-point statewide student momentum chain from high school to college and career. The C2GA brings together Title 1 high schools, postsecondary institutions, and their communities together to support low-income students and their families in applying and gaining financing for their chosen postsecondary education and career opportunities. 

Along with the ACPE, Governor Ducey is partnering with the Helios Education Foundation's College Knowing and Going Initiative, College Success Arizona, Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN), Northern Arizona College Access Network, the Metropolitan Education Commission, the Arizona Assocation of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Arizona School Counselors Association to carry out this work. The four main objectives are:

  • Coordinate the statewide College Application Campaign (AzCAC) for the purpose of increasing the number of students applying for postsecondary education experiences. 
  • Coordinate the statewide College Goal FAF$A events for the purpose of increasing the number of FAFSAs filed by Arizona's high school seniors. 
  • Provide student level FAFSA Completion data in the form of FAFSA Finish Line reports to secondary schools, local education agencies and designated entities for the purpose of increasing FAFSA completions. 
  • Coordinate the statewide AZ FAF$A Challenge to promote and increase FAFSA completions to the state goal of 50% through the use of an interactive dashboard and website, financial incentives and challenges, trainings and webinars. 

On September 21, 2018, Governor Ducey joined the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, Helios Education Foundation, College Success Arizona, Achieve60AZ, and the Arizona College Access Network to announce a goal for FAFSA completion for the 2018-19 school year: 50 percent of Arizona’s high school seniors would complete the FAFSA by June 30, 2019.  

Find out more about the Arizona FAFSA Challenge!


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What can high schools and districts do?

Sign up to receive FAFSA completion data
Host FAFSA completion events on campus
Participate in the AZ FAFSA Challenge
Encourge students to complete the FAFSA
Set a district and or high school FAFSA completion goal
Utilize the FAFSA competion data reports to promote FAFSA completion

What can students do?

Complete the FAFSA application
Inform your parents/guardians about the FAFSA
Work with your HS counselor to complete the FAFSA application
Participate in FAFSA and college-going events at your high school
Download the FAFSA application mobile app
Inform your parents/gaurdians about the importance of the FAFSA
Apply early- The FAFSA application is available OCT 1st. 

What can the community do?

Volunteer for FAFSA events within your community
Participate in a FAFSA training workshop or webinar
Familarize yourself with the FAFSA application
Support the 50% FAFSA completion state goal
Collaborate with local schools and organizations to assist wth FAFSA and College-going events
Promote the importance of FAFSA

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ARIZONA FAFSA CHALLENGE RESOURCES

Arizona FAFSA Challenge
FAFSA: Arizona's Higher Education Economic Engine
Arizona FAFSA Challange Brochure
Achieve60AZ Are You Ready Handout
College Goal Arizona Brochure

FAFSA & Financial Aid Resources

What is FAFSA?
FAFSA is the largest student financial aid program in the nation and is a part of the Federal Student Aid for the U.S. Department of Education.

Eligibility for FAFSA:
Any current or incoming college student is eligible for FAFSA. This includes U.S. citizens or residents who hold a green card. FAFSA does not discriminate against race, age, gender, disabilities, criminal background, or sexual orientation. Students with a military parent(s) killed in the line of duty after 9/11 in Iraq or Afghanistan are eligible. Click here to learn more.

Arizona's FAFSA Deadlines:
Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2018. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 15, 2018. Find out more here.

Why should I fill out the FAFSA form?
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Arizona 529 College Savings Plan

The Arizona Family College Savings Plan is a state sponsored 529 plan designed to provide a parent, grandparent or future student an opportunity to save for educational expenses in a tax-deferred manner. The State of Arizona also provides an annual Arizona state income tax deduction for 529 plan contributions of up to $2,000 for individual tax filers, and up to $4,000 for married couples filing jointly.

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NEWS

Arizona FAFSA Challenge geared to promote postsecondary education
September 27, 2018

On Friday, Sept. 21, education leaders statewide met at Arizona State University to discuss the importance of increasing FAFSA application completion in Arizona.

FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is a form that students can complete to apply for financial assistance such as federal grants, work-study programs and loans.

Education leaders and foundations statewide work to promote the Arizona FAFSA Challenge, which is geared toward increasing FAFSA completion. (Read More...)

FAFSA launches new mobile application
September 24, 2018

As the opening of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid draws closer, state and federal agencies are preparing to make the laborious process faster and more convenient than ever before.

The application, which used to take over an hour to complete, is now going mobile — with an app expected to launch Oct. 1.

Clare McCann, the deputy director for federal higher education policy at New America, a non-partisan think tank, said the app would help cut down time and could give access to people who traditionally face problems accessing the app. (Read More...)

2019/20 FAFSA Form Launched October 1

The 2018–19 FAFSA form became available on Oct. 1, 2017, while the 2019–20 FAFSA form will be available on Oct. 1, 2018. (Find out more...)

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Arizona to Strive for 50 Percent FAFSA Completion Goal
September 21, 2018

Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education announces goal that 50 percent of high school seniors would complete the FAFSA.

Phoenix, AZ – In the past year, only 43 percent of Arizona’s high school seniors completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Today, September 21, the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education announced their goal for FAFSA completion for the 2018-19 school year, that 50 percent of Arizona’s high school seniors would complete the FAFSA by June 30, 2019
 
“This goal is a tangible step towards moving postsecondary attainment forward,” said Rachel Yanof, Executive Director of Achieve60AZ. “Research shows that students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to consider higher education. Any step that we can take to get more students on the path to higher education helps move the needle towards our goal that 60 percent of Arizonans would have a postsecondary credential by 2030.”
 
The announcement was made at the Arizona FAFSA Challenge 2018, an event organized by Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona, and held at Arizona State University. 
 
In addition to announcing the FAFSA completion goal, the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, launched today the FAFSA Challenge website and statewide FAFSA Completion Dashboard, funded by the Governor’s Office of Education. The website will track how the state is doing on the FAFSA completion goal and will allow schools to see what percentage of their students have completed the application.
 
“We know that FAFSA completion has a direct and significant correlation to increased postsecondary enrollment,” said Dawn Wallace, Director and Education Policy Advisor for Governor’s Office of Education. “By setting a shared state goal, we will bring collective awareness and focus to this simple, but important fact - resulting in more Arizona high school students pursuing a postsecondary pathway that will lead them into the career of the choice and the quality of life they so richly deserve.”
 
The event included a number of breakout sessions intended on providing information on best practices regarding the FAFSA, and encouraging students to complete the FAFSA application.Rachel Yanof, Executive Director of Achieve60AZ, led a panel with two Arizona State University students, Prince Murray and Esperanza Ayala, on their experiences with the FAFSA. Rich Nickel, President and CEO for College Success Arizona and board member for Achieve60AZ, presented on the economic benefits to our state if more students complete the FAFSA.
 
“If Arizona were to reach the 50 percent FAFSA completion goal, those students could receive $250 million more in federal financial aid during their college careers,” said Rich Nickel. “FAFSA completion not only helps students, but serves as an economic engine for our state.”
 
Community partners involved in the event included Achieve60AZ, Arizona College Access Network, Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, Arizona Governor’s Office of Education, Arizona State University, Maricopa Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. 

Community Partners Come Together for Arizona FAFSA Challenge
September 20, 2018

Achieve60AZ alliance will be joining with community partners to discuss best strategies for FAFSA completion.
 
Helios Education Foundation and College Success Arizona are bringing community partners together at Arizona State University for the Arizona FAFSA Challenge on Friday, September 21.
 
The Arizona FAFSA Challenge will focus on discussing the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The event includes breakout sessions to educate community partners on FAFSA and best practices, giving them the information necessary to best guide and support students with FAFSA completion.
 
The event will include the launch of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education’s Arizona FAFSA Challenge website and statewide FAFSA Completion Dashboard, funded by the Governor's Office of Education.
 
Community partners include Achieve60AZ, Arizona College Access Network, Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, Arizona Governor's Office of Education, Arizona State University, Maricopa Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.
 
This event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending can register online. For those unable to attend, it will be available via livestream.
 
What: Arizona FAFSA Challenge
 
When: Friday, September 21 | 9-11:30 a.m.
 
Where: Arizona State University
 
              Student Pavilion
 
              400 E Orange St.
 
              Tempe, AZ 85287
 
 
Parking: Paid parking is available at the Apache Blvd. Structure
 

 

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Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education's FAFSA Initiative

The Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education is leading a statewide initiative to get more students to complete the FAFSA, by empowering high schools with data to support their students. Interested school and LEA leaders can learn how to participate here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Federal Students Aid Office
College Scorecard
Deadlines
School Code Search
FAFSA Filing Options
Arizona Scholarships
eduPASS
International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search
Study in US
Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education
College Savings Planner

TYPES OF AID

Type of AidAvailable For
Undergraduate Students
Available For
Graduate Students
Available For
International Students
Available For Online Campus Students
Scholarships
Gift assistance awarded on the basis of merit and/or need. Does not require repayment.
YesYesYesYes
Grants
Gift assistance awarded to qualified students demonstrating exceptional financial need. Does not require repayment.
YesYes
(only Federal TEACH Grant)
NoYes
(except Financial Aid Trust Grant)
Federal Work-Study
Employment opportunities available for students with financial need. Does not require repayment.
YesYesNoNo
Hourly Employment
Employment opportunities available for students with financial need. Does not require repayment.
YesYesYes
(with eligible Visa)
No
Student & Parent Loans
Federal and private loan funds available to help meet educational expenses. Loans require repayment.
YesYesYes
(only private education loans with a US co-signer)
Yes


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