Student using laptop in schoolThe Massachusetts FAFSA Challenge is a statewide campaign dedicated to increasing the percentage of Massachusetts high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an essential financial aid application for students to access federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs to help cover college costs. The challenge encourages all Massachusetts schools and districts to set a goal of FAFSA completion for as many students as possible.

This was the second year of the FAFSA challenge and it was a great success! In May of 2019, awards were issued to three high schools for various categories.

Award Categories

  • Highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate at a small high school
  • Highest overall FAFSA completion percentage rate at a large high school
  • Most improved FAFSA completion percentage rate compared to last academic year

Award Parameters 

  • Each winning school in the three categories will be awarded $750
  • The high school will award the $750 in scholarship form to one of its students

Award Winners

  • Highest Percentage of FAFSA Completion at a small high school: Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School: Sabrina will attend College of the Holy Cross
  • Highest Percentage of FAFSA Completion at a large high school: O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science: Winner still being determined
  • Most improved FAFSA completion percentage rate compared to last academic year: Boston Arts Academy: Alexis will attend Salem State University

Congratulations on a job well done by these high schools and congratulations to our winners! Please visit fafsaday.org or contact FAFSA Day Massachusetts at fafsaday@gmail.com if you have any questions about Massachusetts FAFSA Day.

Jan Marie Combs, Senior Manager, Bright Horizons Education and College Advising

Jan Marie Combs has significant experience in financial aid at both the graduate and undergraduate levels having served as an Assistant Director at Boston University and as the Director of Financial Aid at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jan also spent six years as a high school counselor, most recently counseling students at Southeastern Regional Voc Tech High School. Jan has been a long-serving ambassador for MEFA, where she facilitates educational programs on admissions and financial aid at MA high schools. She is a member of the MA Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and serves as Tri-Chair of FAFSA Day. Jan is currently a Senior Manager at Bright Horizons Education and College Advising. She holds a Bachelor of Science in political science from Boston University and a Master of Education from Cambridge College.