Heads up: This article is out of date! Find current financial aid information here.The release of the 2015-2016 FAFSA – that’s the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (as if you didn’t know) – is right around the corner. On January 1, 2015, the financial aid form becomes available for the New Year. As part of her Reach Higher education initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on you to help increase the number of students who to complete the FAFSA form and then share how you did it! As she states in her video, "“Through FAFSA, the Department of Education provides more than $150 billion each year in loans, grants, and work-study programs that can help you and your family pay for college. That’s why I’m calling on every high school senior in America to complete their FAFSA form starting on January 1st. And I want students, teachers, school counselors, and administrators to show me how your school is taking action to get more students to fill out their forms this year. So fill out your FAFSA, make a video, and share it online.” Check out the full First Lady's Call to Action: Reach Higher by Completing the FAFSA video. Participants need to create a three to five minute video that highlights how your school is utilizing creative approaches to encourage more students (the targeted goal is every high school senior) to complete their FAFSA forms. After creating a video, you can submit entries online and share it on social media using #ReachHigher.
The Details:• Open to U.S. students, teachers, school counselors, and administrators in grades 9-12. • Submissions will be accepted from January 1, 2015 through March 16, 2015 • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and shared on social media with #ReachHigher • Entries must be completed and sent using the entry form by the school’s principal (or designee) along with a link to your video To learn more, check out the FAFSA Completion Challenge Official Rules and The FAFSA Completion Challenge press release. In addition to encouraging students to complete the FAFSA, the First Lady could send your school a special video message or speak at your commencement ceremony! Winners will be chosen based on creativity and a school’s FAFSA completion growth rate as of March 16, 2015 (as reported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid). Interested? Here’s the FAFSA Completion Challenge submission form.
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