Super FAFSA Project Virginia
For several years, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Educational Credit Management Corp. have partnered with Virginia high schools to host events at which high school seniors and their parents receive free, professional, hands-on assistance with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The project, Super FAFSA Project Virginia, is an annual statewide initiative designed to increase FAFSA completion throughout the Commonwealth with a special focus on schools that serve a student population where 50 percent or more are eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced-price lunches – the population in greatest need of guidance and resources to conquer the financial-aid process. Many of the students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunches will be eligible for free need-based financial aid including the federal Pell Grant. Completion of the FAFSA is the first step to receiving grants and other financial aid. Your school’s FAFSA-completion data can be found here.
Terms of Host Site Participation:
There is a lot of flexibility in how SFP events are delivered; however, each site is required to adhere to the following:
- Serve a student population where 50 percent or greater are eligible for free or reduced price lunch.
- School leadership will be informed about the 1-2-3 Go! initiative and related events.
- A site coordinator will be identified and serve as the primary contact and supervisor.
- The site coordinator will assemble a site team to help plan and execute events.
- The site coordinator and/or other site team member(s) will participate in event training opportunities and utilize shared resources.
- The site coordinator and team will plan and host at least one FAFSA completion event at their high school between October 2016 and February 2017. The event must be a minimum of two hours and be held on a day and time that is convenient to parents/families.
- Resources and assistance will be made available to all Class of 2017 students.
- Computer lab space, with internet access and printers, will be provided to all Class of 2017 participating students.
- The site coordinator will submit required information and documents, as instructed (e.g., schedule of activities, sign-in sheets).
- The site coordinator will complete and submit a provided Site Coordinator Survey immediately after the event.
- The site coordinator will collect and submit provided student surveys.
- The site team will recruit financial aid representatives and other volunteers to assist with the event.