The FutureMakers Coalition has launched year two for FAFSA first!, an educational campaign aimed at informing high school seniors and their parents in Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties about FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Last year, FutureMakers Coalition partners, including educators, workforce developers, business leaders, economic development professionals, government officials, residents and students across Southwest Florida were successful in achieving the campaign’s goal of increasing the region’s FAFSA completion rate by 5 percent.
This year, the goal is set at achieving 50 percent FAFSA completion by the end of the 2017-18 school year.
Research demonstrates the correlation between FAFSA completion rates and the percentage of the workforce who holds degrees, certificates, and high-quality credentials. Campaign efforts are already underway across the region.
The practitioner toolkit is accessible at www.futuremakerscoalition.