$4.2M in funding available to students; LCCC seeks to improve FAFSA filing rates

According to a college funding research company , Wyoming high school graduates left an estimated $4.2 million in Pell Grant funding on the table last academic year. Students missed out on an opportunity for school funding simply because they failed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA), making them ineligible for Pell Grants, Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Work Study programs, federal guaranteed student and parent loans, Hathaway Need Grants, and many other forms of financial aid – money that in most cases does not have to be paid back by the student. Julie Wilson, the financial aid director at LCCC, says the college has been chosen by the National College Access Network (NCAN) to lead the efforts to improve the FAFSA filing rate of Cheyenne high school seniors. Cheyenne is one of 22 U.S. cities have been selected to receive up to $55,000 each for the FAFSA Completion Challenge Grant. The goal of the grant is to strengthen urban post-secondary ecosystems by raising their FAFSA completion rates among high school seniors. Through the project, generously supported through a $1.6 million grant from The Kresge Foundation, NCAN is challenging the 22 cities to increase FAFSA completion rates by at least five percent for the graduating high school class of 2017. While the state’s generous Hathaway Scholarship assists students and families with college related expenses, students often miss out on other financial resources. The Hathaway covers 50-100 percent of tuition costs at most community colleges, depending on the level earned. Filing the FAFSA can help students meet most or all of their remaining costs for tuition, fees, books, and other education related expenses. “A Hathaway recipient who files a FAFSA can receive enough grant funding to pay nearly all of their college related expenses, including living in the residence hall,” Wilson says. “LCCC has been working to improve the FAFSA filing rates of our students. This grant will help us expand those efforts to all area high schools and the state of Wyoming.” File with FAFSA here:, or more information about federal financial aid programs can be found at *Feature photo: LCCC/Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news -- ::: *Kim Paulson* Community Maven at Shortgo | LinkedIn | 307.258.1147 PitchEngine™ | *Connecting Communities* | Twitter | Facebook