Newark FAFSA Challenge
The Newark FAFSA Challenge is a citywide effort to help more Newark high school seniors complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The first of its kind in Newark, the FAFSA Challenge is co-sponsored by the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), the Newark Public Library, and the United Way of Greater Newark.
Nationally, 90% of high school seniors who complete the FAFSA will immediately enroll in college, a key predictor of eventual college completion. Unfortunately, many low-income, first generation students lack the support to successfully navigate the college financial aid process, and as a result, may not enroll in college at all. Only about 60% of Newark high school seniors completed the FAFSA by June 2019, leaving behind millions of dollars in state and federal financial aid.
Our goal is to increase the percentage of Newark high school seniors completing the FAFSA to 70% by June 2020. In addition to the numeric target, the Newark FAFSA Challenge aims to raise citywide awareness regarding financial aid and the importance of completing the FAFSA, and increase the number of community volunteers available to provide one-on-one assistance for students and families.