Florida CAN Finds FAFSA Completion a Strong Indicator of College Attendance

By Bill DeBaun, Program Analyst

Recent original research conducted by the Florida College Access Network (Florida CAN) found that a high school’s FAFSA completion percentage was the strongest indicator of its students’ eventual college enrollment. The study examined 18 school-level variables across data from 460 Florida high schools.

“The results of our analysis show the importance of increasing FAFSA completion to boost college attendance in our state,” said Troy Miller, associate director for research and policy for the Florida College Access Network via a press release. “Ensuring that Florida students have information and assistance to complete the form increases postsecondary and economic opportunities for Florida’s students.”

The findings are important ahead of the Florida FAFSA Challenge, which urges schools and districts to set their sights on increasing their FAFSA completion by five percentage points over last year. Interested districts and schools can see last year’s FAFSA completion rates through March 31 via a statewide dashboard.