College Goal Georgia FAFSA Completion

Increasing FAFSA completion rates in Georgia may play a key role in reaching Governor Deal’s goal to have 60 percent of Georgia’s adult population hold a postsecondary credential by 2020. This could mean an associate degree, bachelor’s, master’s or beyond. Studies have shown that students are more likely to enroll in postsecondary education if they simply complete the FAFSA.

Students and Families

College Goal Georgia events are here to help students (high school seniors, returning college students and adult learners) and families, complete the FAFSA and debunk some of the myths surrounding the process, such as:

  • The form is too hard to fill out.
  • I’m too old to get financial aid.
  • Only students with good grades get aid.
  • I (or my parents) make too much money, so I won’t qualify for aid.

The FAFSA is not the long paper form it used to be. It has become shorter, simpler and more user friendly to make applying for financial aid easier.

High Schools and School Districts

GSFC has an online tool to track the FAFSA completion rates of high school seniors in Georgia to promote awareness and increase FAFSA completion. As the Federal Student Aid Administrator for Georgia, GSFC receives all information on completed FAFSAs for the state and is able to provide the data through the FAFSA Completion tool.

  • Anyone can access school and district level data on GAfutures to see completion rates across the state.
  • School administrators can track whether individual students have filed a FAFSA through GSFC’s STARS system. This is valuable information to have as counselors assist students transitioning from high school to postsecondary education.

If your school or school district does not have access to the FAFSA Completion Data,  your STARS District Administrator (DA) and Institution Administrator (IA) will be prompted to review their profile when signing in to GAfutures. When the DA or IA reviews the profile, he or she will be prompted to accept the terms of use and agreements. Once accepted, the DA or IA will be able to grant Institution Users access to view student level FAFSA data in STARS.

 

GSFC encourages anyone planning to go to college or just thinking about it to complete the FAFSA. Check out the dates and locations for this year’s CGG events and find the help you need.