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Reminder: Your Students Can Earn a Chance at a Scholarship for Completing the FAFSA

Monday, November 25, 2019  
Posted by: Kelly Mae Ross, Communications Manager
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It's hard to believe, but we're almost two months into the 2020-21 FAFSA filing cycle. Through Nov. 15, just more than a quarter (26%) of high school seniors had completed a FAFSA, according to the #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker. So we just wanted to take a quick second to remind you that College Board is offering students the chance to win a scholarship as a reward for applying for financial aid.

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program guides high school students through six steps of the college planning process. Completing each step earns students a chance to win scholarships of $500 to $2,000 through monthly drawings; doing all six steps also earns them a chance at a $40,000 scholarship. Notably for the NCAN community, College Board has designated at least half of all the scholarships for students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year.

With the opening of the 2020-21 FAFSA came the opening of another Opportunity Scholarship: students can enter to win $1,000 for completing the FAFSA. The College Board will award 200 “Complete” scholarships every month through December 2019, and 100 scholarships every month in January and February 2020.

Students who are ineligible to receive federal financial aid can still earn a chance at the "Complete" scholarship and stay in the running for the $40,000 scholarship. According to College Board: "If you are ineligible to complete the FAFSA, you can still earn an entry for the Complete scholarship by going to the My Action Plan page. You should check to see if your state has a state aid form that you can submit even if you are ineligible for the FAFSA so that you can access state and/or university aid."

If you have questions, visit the "Complete" scholarship page, which has an FAQ section.

And here's a general FAQ page for those with additional questions about the Opportunity Scholarships program as well as a great set of resources for educators and parents to spread the word about the program.

Help your students get rewarded for the steps they're already taking to apply to college.