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FAFSA Challenge Comes to Massachusetts High Schools

Father and teenage daughter working on a laptopThe Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge is a new statewide campaign to increase the proportion of Massachusetts high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the main application for college financial aid and helps students qualify for federal aid like Pell Grants to pay for their college expenses. The challenge encourages all Massachusetts high schools and school districts to set a goal of FAFSA completion for as many students as possible. The Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (MASFAA) is proud to partner with ASA, MEFA, and OSFA on this important endeavor!

Throughout the 2018-19 FAFSA completion season, Massachusetts high schools will each work to have as many of their students as possible complete the FAFSA.  On May 21, 2018, awards will be issued to two high schools in two categories (one award per category):  (1) highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate through May 1, 2018, and (2) most Improved FAFSA completion percentage rate through May 1, 2018 (compared to May 1, 2017). Each award will be $750, which the high school will use to award a scholarship to one of its students. All high schools physically located in Massachusetts may participate in the Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge.

For details about the Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge, please visit FAFSADay.org or contact FAFSA Day Massachusetts at fafsaday@gmail.com or 877-424-7627.

Ryan G. Forsythe, Ed.D. is the Vice President for Enrollment Management at Worcester State University and the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' FAFSA Day Massachusetts Committee. Ryan attended Westfield State College, UMASS Amherst, and Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, where he earned his doctorate in education. Ryan has worked in enrollment management for over 15 years, in admissions and financial aid at public institutions, private institutions, universities, a community college, Massachusetts schools, and one institution in Tennessee. Ryan now oversees the WSU Division of Enrollment Management, which includes the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Marketing, Retention, and the Registrar.





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