FAFSA/ORSAA completion rates at Oregon Public High Schools will be released in October

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FAFSA/ORSAA completion rates at Oregon Public High Schools will be released in October


As part of Oregon’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA) Challenge, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission will soon release data that includes FAFSA/ORSAA completion rates for the senior class at most Oregon public high schools. The first data set will show combined FAFSA/ORSAA completion rates for the Class of 2019; subsequent reports in January, March and June 2020 will show year-to-date completion rates for the Class of 2020. Most Oregon public high schools with more than 10 seniors (as of October 2018) will be included in the data set, regardless of whether or not they are participating in the FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge. The completion rates will be calculated by dividing the combined number of FAFSA and ORSAA completers by the number of high school seniors. The completion rate data planned for release will include combined FAFSA/ORSAA completion rates by school, but will not include confidential student information, total counts for each application by school, or separate rates by FAFSA and ORSAA.

The purpose of the data is for schools to work to improve their completion rate compared to last year, by providing more support to students and families. When students complete the FAFSA or ORSAA, they gain access to critical financial aid, which helps them to succeed with their postsecondary goals.  

All Oregon high schools are invited to participate in the FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge during the 2019-20 school year. Participating high schools set a goal to increase their FAFSA/ORSAA completion rate by at least 5% compared to last year. Schools receive tools, resources, and reminders in order to meet their goal. The FAFSA/ORSAA Challenge is organized by a collaborative group of agencies and organizations from across Oregon: Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Goes to College, ECMC The College Place, and Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Schools can learn more and register online.   

If you have questions about the data, please contact Research Analyst Erin Pischke. If you have questions about the Challenge initiative, please contact State Grants Administrator Amy Holland.

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