March 3, 2022
While the number of South Dakota’s high school seniors applying for financial aid this year is staying steady compared to last year, the number FAFSA completions has dropped overall since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020.
As of February 18, 33 percent of South Dakota's high school seniors completed the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA).
Knowing that most careers require some type of education beyond high school and that FAFSA completion is strongly correlated with postsecondary pursuit, then completing the FAFSA is an important step for students.
As a college access professional or school counselor, you can encourage students to complete the FAFSA by doing the following:
If you or your students have questions about the FAFSA or financial aid, you can contact Mapping Your Future at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-374-4072.