Race is on to sign-up seniors for college aid

Oct. 23, 2017

The California Student Aid Commission and the California Department of Education invite ACSA members to participate in the statewide “Race to Submit” campaign to encourage all California high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or the California Dream Act Application.

Filing financial aid applications is the first step toward college success and helps eligible students qualify for federal, state and campus-based aid, as well as some private scholarships. The Race to Submit is based on the successful Riverside County initiative that increased FAFSA/CADAA completions countywide by approximately 35 percent over three years.

The Race to Submit is complete with a real-time dashboard located at www.csac.ca.gov that allows local communities to review their progress weekly and compare their high school, district or county progress to that of other communities across the state. The goal of this initiative is to increase financial aid application completions, using a network of support.

During the application period, which runs until the March 2 Cal Grant deadline, each high school, district and county can use the Race to Submit Dashboard to gauge the submission and completion of the FAFSA and CADAA, along with how many Cal Grants have been awarded to their students.

The Race to Submit Leaderboard will display all California high schools by the Top 10 completed application percentages, by six levels determined by the graduating class size. The top five schools at each level will be recognized by the California Student Aid Commission. The Race to Submit campaign will celebrate the progress and success of all schools and districts that make significant strides in FAFSA and CADAA completion. Locations for free Cash for College Workshops are available at www.cash4college.csac.ca.gov.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California Student Aid Commission Executive Director Lupita Cortez Alcalá encourage educators to communicate with students and their families that the Race to Submit is on.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact the California Student Aid Commission by phone at (916) 464-8271 or the CDE’s College Preparation and Postsecondary Programs Office, Career and College Transition Division at (916) 323-6398.

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