March 4, 2020
The FAFSA Challenge: Promising Practices to Increase Financial Aid Access Among Foster Youth
Description: 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. The FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign to increase the number of foster youth who are prepared for success as they matriculate from high school into college by ensuring that foster youth are completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). Efforts were led by each county’s Foster Youth Services Coordinating Programs (FYSCP) who coordinated county, school, and community partners to develop strategies to support FAFSA/CADAA completion.
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.
JBAY will host a webinar on Wednesday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m. that will feature an overview of the recommended practices from JBAY along with FYSCP representatives who will share examples of successful strategies from their counties’ experience. To register for the webinar, CLICK HERE.