Oakland Early College was one of 41 high schools across Michigan that produced
outstanding FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion rates and was recognized by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan College Access Network.
The College Cash Campaign, a FAFSA completion initiative from the Michigan College Access Network, ran from Nov. 1, 2019 through March 1, 2020. During that time, 49,128 FAFSAs were filed by 2020 graduating seniors in nearly 400 participating Michigan high schools.
Filing the FAFSA is considered a leading indicator of whether students will pursue college. According to the National College Attainment Network (NCAN), 90% of high school seniors who complete the FAFSA attend college directly from high school, compared to 50% of non-completers.
Oakland Early College’s FAFSA completion rate was 88% as of March 1, 2020. By July 1, 2020, that rate had increased to 94%.
“I want to congratulate all of the schools that exceeded their FAFSA completion goal and every student who filled out their form,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. “Every student deserves a path to a quality, affordable postsecondary education, and filling out FAFSA forms can make an enormous difference for families across the state. I also want to thank MCAN for their partnership. I look forward to working with them as we ensure students across the state have access to a postsecondary education.”