The FAFSA Challenge: Promising Practices to Increase Financial Aid Access Among Foster Youth

In 2017, John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY), in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), launched the California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge.

After two years of implementation the rate of FASFA completion increased from 42% to 57% and a number of best practices emerged from county partners. JBAY has compiled these best practices into a set of recommendations that FYSCPs, school districts, county child welfare and probation agencies, and other stakeholders can use to continue to increase FAFSA/CADAA completion rates for years to come.

This webinar featured an overview of the recommended practices from JBAY along with FYSCP representatives who shared examples of successful strategies from their counties’ experience.