Great Lakes College Access

FAFSA Central

Checking FAFSA Completion Rates

You can access data from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid to compare the number of submitted and completed FAFSAs at your high school. Check the number of FAFSAs completed by your seniors at your school from last year using the Data Center at at

If your school is not listed or you think there is an error with your school's data, visit the Data Center's Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Every high school senior should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as part of their college preparation. They may be eligible for free money in the form of grants and scholarships. Even if they aren't, all students can qualify for some sort of federal financial aid. This year's seniors can complete the FAFSA for the 2014-15 school year.

Great Lakes developed FAFSA Central to help you with your FAFSA efforts. Here you will find the resources you need to talk to your students about the FAFSA. From raising student and parent awareness of the importance of the FAFSA to helping them complete it—our u hafta FAFSA materials can help. You'll also find materials from the U.S. Department of Education.

What can you do right now to help your students complete their FAFSAs?

  • Ask students "when" they will be doing their FAFSA, not "if" they will do it.
  • When talking about the FAFSA, show students the website so they know exactly where to go to complete it for free.
  • Order FREE "u hafta FAFSA" flyers, bookmarks, and posters for your school.

Free u hafta FAFSA materials

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Use the u hafta FAFSA wallpaper and screensavers on your school's computers.


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Helpful Links
The Department of Education's free website for FAFSA submission. Students and families can start or continue their application, make updates, and check application status.
A Department of Education site that links to the Net Price Calculators of colleges and universities to provide an estimate of how much school can cost.
Helpful information from the office of Federal Student Aid to help students and families get money to pay for college.
Free resources from the Department of Education, designed specifically for counselors and college access professionals.

Myths About Financial Aid PDF
A fact sheet from Federal Student Aid that counters common reasons people don't fill out the FAFSA.
Each month Federal Student Aid hosts a Q&A on Twitter. Read summaries of previous "#AskFAFSAs" here.