SHEBOYGAN — Steve Schneider, South High School Counselor, Judy Rowe, North High School Counselor and Lisa Patton, Assistant Coordinator of Special Education and Pupil Services attended a convening sponsored by Lumina Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Indianapolis on October 9 – October 10.
This convening, which brought together representatives of 87 school districts from across the nation, focused on kicking off the US Department of Education FAFSA Completion Pilot Project.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form that provides access to all types of federal financial aid, including Pell Grants and federal students loans. The FAFSA also acts as an application for state and institutional aid in many cases. The FAFSA Completion Pilot Project will enable participating districts to track student completion of the form, and target efforts to ensure that many more students take that step.
“Our goal is to help students arrive at school each fall less worried about how they will pay for college and more focused on how they will complete college,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “Data from the initial sites participating in the FAFSA Completion Project has been very promising as significant increases in the number of students completing their FAFSA forms has been attained. ”
As civic, philanthropic and thought leaders, community foundation leaders are in a unique position to influence the priority placed on higher education attainment in cities and towns across the country.
Schneider, Rowe, Patton and the Sheboygan Area School District will be key partners and guiding forces in ensuring that more students access the financial aid available to them, leading to higher college participation and success.
“The opportunities and advantages provided by going to, and succeeding in, college have never been greater,” said Lumina Foundation Program Officer Thomas Major Jr. “Education is the only route to economic prosperity for both individuals and the cities and towns where they reside. We applaud the districts participating in the FAFSA Completion Pilot Project for their dedication to making an impact on the lives of their students.”