With 36 percent of the state’s high school seniors competing the Free Application for Federal Student AID (FAFSA), South Dakota now ranks 28th in the country in terms of FAFSA completion*.
While that is a great achievement for South Dakota – especially during a pandemic – the number is still 6 percent lower than the previous academic year.
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 school counselor, you can encourage your students to complete the FAFSA by doing the following:
Mapping Your Future, sponsored by the South Dakota Education Access Foundation, has publications and other materials and resources for you and your students. Contact Cathy Mueller or Beth Ziehmer at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or at 1-800-374-4072 for more information or assistance.