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Latest from FSA: Promoting FAFSA Completion

February 24, 2014

Many students put off filling out the FAFSA and lower their chances of receiving financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education has come out with 7 great ways to promote FAFSA completion at your school!

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1. Host a FAFSA workshop

Walk your students through filling out the FAFSA to lower their anxiety and stress levels.

2. Classroom Visits

In order to educate a larger amount of students on the FAFSA, contact professors to see if you can give a short FAFSA presentation to their students.

  • Use informational FAFSA videos to engage students
  • Print handouts for students who want more information

3. Write Articles and Emails

The U.S. Department of Education provides great sample articles and e-mails and FAFSA related blog posts that your school can use to reach students!

4. Signage

Catch students’ attention with various types of visual content. The Department of Education has several infographics that you can post around your school. YouTube videos can also be played on monitors around your school’s campus.

5. Use Social Media

Make the most of Federal Student Aid’s Social Media Tools to Promote FAFSA Completion portion of their toolkit! It includes:

  • 25 tweets
  • 25 Facebook posts
  • FAFSA related videos
  • Infographics
  • Blog posts

6. Reach Out to Influencers

Word of mouth is not only influential, but it’s completely free! Students trust and listen to their teachers, coaches, parents, and peers. Communicating to influencers, in addition to students, about the FAFSA will spread the word about FAFSA completion on your campus!

7. Be Creative

Every campus is unique. The FinancialAidToolkit.ed.gov has great resources available to help promote FAFSA completion, but what works best for your campus? Customize these free resources to relate to your students on a higher level!

Check out the full article at: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2014/01/7-ways-to-promote-fafsa-completion-at-your-school/comment-page-1/#comment-366846

Megan Freese, Communications Intern

Megan Freese, Communications Intern

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