SEMINOLE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AWARDED 2019 FAFSA LARGE DISTRICT WINNER
(Sanford, FL) Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) had the highest percentage of FAFSA completion in the state and won the Large District MVP category for 2019 Florida FAFSA Challenge, a statewide campaign to increase the proportion of Florida high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). SCPS was honored for this achievement during an Awards Luncheon on May 8 at the 2019 Florida College Access Network Summit.
Over the past year, only 27 counties out of 67 Florida counties have seen at least a 5% increase over the past year in the percentage of seniors completing the FAFSA. Out of the 72 schools representing the 27 Florida counties, the district’s Lyman High School, ranked 9th in the state among large schools for “Most Improved” FAFSA completion rate.
“Thank you, school counselors, for your coordinated efforts with TRIO in providing support to our SCPS families to ensure students have the funding needed to pursue their post-secondary goals.” -Dr. Walt Griffin, SCPS Superintendent
The completion of the FAFSA represents $3,780,573.33 in estimated potential Pell Grant Awards for our seniors. The FAFSA completion rate was impacted by the hard work of the school counselors and the partnership with TRIO Programs from Seminole State College of Florida. These program events were advertised to all families via district website, Skyward Messenger, School-based websites and messenger systems, and school-based postings (flyers). Families were able to attend the event of their choice no matter which school hosted the event.
Events were hosted across the district and at the SCPS Educational Support Center. In total, there were seven Financial Aid Nights (Learn how to navigate the financial aid process.), seven FAFSA Labs (Open labs to assist families with completing the FAFSA) and four Individual Events.