PURPOSE

The purpose of this campaign is to assist every Detroit senior with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Additionally, our goal is to support schools with better understanding and assisting their students with the entire financial aid process. This includes the application, verification, award acceptance, and disbursement in the fall. 

MCAN has adopted this national campaign, and DCAN supports Detroit high schools and community-based organizations with participating each FAFSA season.

Detroit Drives FAFSA

HISTORY

This work in Detroit began during the spring of 2013 when a group of cross-sector organizations came together in an effort to increase FAFSA completion rates in the city of Detroit. The group was known as the “College Ready” team and Excellent Schools Detroit served as the group’s backbone organization. Partners included the Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan College Access Network, the United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Skillman Foundation and Excellent Schools Detroit. The group launched and implemented a FAFSA completion campaign that successfully increased citywide FAFSA application rates to 73% from the 54% baseline.


The campaign also included informational events about the importance of FAFSA and training events that provided cohesive instructions about how to support students and families with completing the form. The resulting FAFSA Completion Campaign paid off and 24 of 39 Detroit high schools exceeded a 70% FAFSA completion rate that year, more than double the ten schools that met that mark during the previous year. In 2014, the partners launched another successful FAFSA completion campaign reaching 70% completion and a citywide college week that included decision day events, college-going workshops, and college tours for Detroit students. This campaign was the first citywide campaign.

IMPACT

Current FAFSA Tracker

Detroit

(as of 2/26/2020)

45.7%

30.2% from Governor's 75% goal

(1538 students needed)

Top High Schools (65% or better)

University of Detroit Jesuit High School

Detroit International Academy

Detroit Cristo Rey High School

Frontier International Academy

Detroit Edison Public School Academy- HS 

Renaissance High School

Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

Cass Technical High Schoo

Pershing High School

Voyageur College Prep

Chandler Park Academy Middle-High School

Detroit College Access Network

1 Woodward Ave, Suite 1900, Detroit, MI 48226

info@detroitcan.org  |  Tel: 313-600-1827

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