California’s state colleges and universities are known to open doors to a brighter, more prosperous future for our students — access to financial aid is critical for low-income students and students of color who wish to pursue a college education.
$550 million in federal and state aid is left on the table each year in California.
How is California Doing on Financial Aid Application Completion?
One of the largest barriers to attaining a degree is college affordability–but it doesn’t have to be. California educates approximately 1 out of every 10 K-12 students in the nation. Alarmingly, thousands of eligible low-income students and students of color attend high schools with some of the lowest financial aid application rates in the state. Over the last 2 years combined, nearly a half-million high school seniors in California did not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA), leaving nearly $550 million in federal and state aid left on the table each year.
While notable informational, awareness, and completion efforts are happening at the local level to increase financial aid completion rates, California still ranked 30th in the nation, with only 54% of high school seniors completing a financial aid application statewide in 2018.
Ready to go ALL IN?
Students cannot afford to wait. It is time for California’s communities, schools, and policymakers to come together and vocalize the importance of financial aid and its ability to increase college access, enrollment and persistence.
This is a statewide call to action to increase FAFSA and CADAA completion in California. If you believe that no student should be denied the opportunity to go to college because they did not know about their financial aid, then join us in going All In For Financial Aid! Take action today: