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
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: www.fafsa.gov, or more information about federal
financial aid programs can be found at www.studentaid.ed.gov.
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