2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge

NCAN is pleased to announce the 2018-19  FAFSA Completion Challenge grant competition to raise FAFSA completion rates among high school seniors in cities across the country.  One hundred U.S. cities are invited to submit a proposal describing how they will meet NCAN’s challenge: to raise their FAFSA completion rates among the Class of 2019 by at least 5 percentage points, compared to the Class of 2018. Up to 30 cities will be selected to receive grants of up to $40,000, generously funded by Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates and The Kresge Foundation. Also, NCAN will award a $100,000 grand  prize in September 2019  to one city based on  a holistic review of  the percentage growth in completions, adoption of effective strategies, barriers overcome, and likelihood of sustainability. This grant is the next generation of the 2016-17 FAFSA Completion Challenge NCAN managed last year.

Submit a Proposal

The 100 invited cities and eligible organizations for 2018-19 are listed below. Each has a population of at least 100,000 residents and a FAFSA completion rate that is at least 5 percentage points below the national average for the high school Class of 2017. The application period is now closed and winners will be announce the week of June 4.


100 Invited Cities and Eligible Organizations