U.S. DOE seeks rural high schools for FAFSA pilot project

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking high schools to participate in a national pilot project that will allow the schools to access information on which of their students have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

The FAFSA Completion Project is an initiative designed to promote participation in post-secondary education. Since research shows that 90 percent of students who complete the FAFSA subsequently enroll in post-secondary education, information about which students have completed the application can prove valuable to school counselors, administrators and others helping students decide on their post-secondary options.

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking 12 high schools from school districts with a single high school to participate in the pilot project. In addition, the Department of Education is seeking 80 school districts with multiple high schools.

In order to be eligible, participants must meet certain technological requirements to allow for communication with U.S. Department of Education information systems. Participants must also agree to share certain student data with the Department and complete a project evaluation.

Additional details about the project and how to apply to participate are available on the Federal Student Aid Information for Counselors website. Requests to participate are due May 1.

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