The Kansas City FAFSA Challenge is a community effort.
Kansas City is one of 22 cities to receive a 2016-2017 FAFSA challenge grant.
- The Mid-America Regional Council applied for the grant on behalf of the Kansas City region.
- The National College Access Network (NCAN) selected Kansas City as one of 22 grant recipients.
- NCAN challenges grant recipients to increase FAFSA applications by at least 5 percent for the 2017 high school graduating class.
While the grant focuses on Kansas City Public Schools, the information is relevant to the entire region.
- NCAN required grant applicants to focus on high-poverty, urban school districts, so results will be measured based on the increase in FAFSA applications in the Kansas City Public School District in Kansas City, Missouri.
- The FAFSA Challenge outreach and marketing efforts will benefit students across the entire metro.
We want to increase the number of students who complete the FAFSA.
- In 2015, 55 percent of KCPS high school seniors completed the FAFSA. Our goal is to increase that to 65 percent in 2017 and 75 percent by 2020.
The FAFSA Challenge is one of many regional efforts to increase postsecondary attainment.
- Postsecondary education is critical for many high quality jobs. A skilled, educated workforce contributes to our regional economy.
- Several other regional efforts are underway:
- GradForce KC — part of Lumina Foundation's Community Partnership for Attainment.
- KC Scholars — Kauffman Foundation scholarship program.
- KC Degrees — a Graduate! Network affiliate focused on returning adult students.
- Talent to Industry Exchanges — ensuring that educational institutions offer degrees and certificate programs that meet business needs.