Rochester, NY was one of 100 cities invited to apply for the 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge, and we were selected! Rochester, NY and 24 other U.S. cities will be competing to boost the city-wide FAFSA completion rate by 5%. Competing cities receive $40,000 as well as access to a FAFSA conference and technical support. The winning city will receive $100,000 for college access initiatives!
Rochester Education Foundation is facilitating the Challenge, but this is a community-wide effort. We are thrilled to be collaborating with many local partners including Mayor Lovely Warren's office, the University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, Hillside Works Scholarship Connection, the library system, and others.
With this challenge, we’ll be hosting six flagship FAFSA Fests, working with community partners to support smaller, targeted events throughout the community, offering training in FAFSA completion and FAFSA fluency to community members and youth advocates, increasing the reach of our marketing, and more!