As the cost of college continues to increase, financial aid becomes ever more important. While many factors are involved in the decision to attend college, a strong correlation exists between FAFSA completion and college enrollment.
Previously, high schools relied on self-reported surveys to estimate their FAFSA completion rate, and that data can be inaccurate. For this reason, Federal Student Aid is providing high schools with current data about their FAFSA submissions and completions so that high schools can track their progress and help to ensure that their students complete a FAFSA. A completed FAFSA allows the U.S. Department of Education to determine a potential student's eligibility for federal student aid–a key factor in families' college decisions.
The data included in the attached charts reflect the number of submitted and completed FAFSAs among first-time filing applicants no older than 19 at the cutoff date who will have received their high school diploma by the start of the school year to which they are applying for aid. For each high school, the number of submitted and completed applications is reported for the current application cycle (2019-2020) and the same time period last year for the previous application cycle (2018-2019).
The data is displayed in spreadsheets broken down by state or territory that include the school name and city of the high school. Additional tabs within each spreadsheet now include estimates of public school district FAFSA completion rates for both cycles as well as state level maps presenting this data. Importantly, the district level data only includes applicants reporting public high schools and does not consider private schools that are geographically within a district.
Below, you can select a state or territory from the drop-down menu to view its data, get more information about the data assumptions, or find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
For high schools to track their progress, FSA regularly updates estimates for the first 15 months of the application cycle. Note: From October through June, data releases are weekly. For the remainder for the calendar year, data releases occur every other Friday.
Data currently posted covers applications processed through January 10. Our next data release is scheduled for January 24 covering applications processed through January 17.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Do you have concerns related to your high school within the data or on the FAFSA? We’ve recently updated our FAQ and Data Details pages reflecting recent changes and trending questions, including why we recently changed the definition of a senior, why some schools are not listed on the FAFSA, and common errors or misconceptions when analyzing the data.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Do you need help increasing your FAFSA completion numbers in your area or at your high school? Federal Student Aid recently launched the Financial Aid Toolkit to help counselors understand the basics of federal student aid, provide tips on hosting events (along with sample PowerPoint presentations), provide suggested messages for social media and email outreach, and help find other training opportunities. Visit the site to learn more.
New methodology counts more older seniors – year over year comparison still possible!
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Files ending in 18 year olds use the previous age assumption that applicants be no older than 18. All other files use the current assumption that applicants be no older than 19.