About the College Cash Campaign
The goal of the Michigan College Cash Campaign is to encourage a school-wide rally around FAFSA completion as part of the suite of statewide initiatives that helps students navigate the college-going process during their senior year. The most commonly cited barrier to postsecondary education is college affordability. Along with being socially, informationally, and academically ready, it is equally important that all students have access to the necessary funds to enroll, persist, and complete college. While FAFSA completion is only one step in the college-going process it is the only way for students to unlock their access to federal loans and grants, statewide scholarships and grants, and often institutional and community based scholarships and grants.
Many schools across the state are already participating in MI College Goal events and hosting their own financial aid information sessions and completion nights for students and parents. This campaign is in no way meant to replace these efforts. Rather, this initiative aims to supplement schools’ existing efforts around FAFSA completion with an in-school campaign and targeted push toward filling out the FAFSA. Several communities have chosen FAFSA completion as a priority area, set a bold goal, and rallied around their goal with tremendous success. MCAN hopes to replicate this success statewide. The percentage of Michigan students completing the FAFSA has increased steadily. For the 2013-14 school year, 58.3% of students submitted the FAFSA, which is up from 54.3% in 2011-12. MCAN hopes to increase this number to 70%.
Schools throughout the Manistee County area will be competing against each other this spring to increase their FAFSA completion rates.
And the winner is:
This spring, each Manistee County high school participated in a friendly competition to increase their FAFSA completion rates as a part of the local and state-wide College Cash Campaign Initiative. The prize was a pizza party for all seniors provided by Big Al’s pizza in Manistee.
Manistee Catholic Central won the competition by having 71% of their high school graduates complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 30th. To compare this to previous information, Michigan’s data for the graduating class of 2013-14 was 58.3% while Manistee County’s average for the county last year was 54%. Way to go Manistee Catholic Central!