3 To Get Ready, 4 To Go - 2. FAFSA Completion

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4 - Signing Day
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6 - Postsecondary Advising & Support
7 - Graduation & Workforce


The Ohio FAFSA Completion Initiative focuses on increasing the number of high school seniors who complete the FAFSA application.  Increasing FAFSA completion rates is a fundamental step in the state’s efforts to meet our postsecondary attainment goal. Students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in higher education, persist in their college coursework, and obtain a degree. 

What is the FAFSA?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the key to student aid, especially federal financial student aid programs. In addition, many colleges and universities use the information from the FAFSA to determine eligibility for grants.

When does the FAFSA window open and how do I apply?

​The FAFSA window opens October 1 of each year.  To apply online, visit the official FAFSA website.


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The Ohio Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators provides FAFSA help and resources. Their website is designed for students, parents, counselors, and anyone else looking for in-person help and/or other resources for completing the FAFSA. Visit the FAFSA Resources page for helpful videos and other resources designed to help you complete the process. 


The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) encourages all school districts to participate in the Ohio FAFSA Completion Initiative to receive information that will enable them to manage the number of graduating seniors who start or complete the FAFSA.

​For additional details on this initiative, click here.


The office of Federal Student Aid provides publications, fact sheets, online tools, and other resources to help you prepare and pay for college or career school. Resources include topics such as:

  • College Preparation Checklist
  • Do You Need Money for College or Career School
  • Federal Student Aid for Adult Learners
  • Why Go to College or Career School
  • Myths About Financial Aid
  • Federal Student Loan: Basics for students
  • Federal Student Loan: Repaying Loans
  • Don’t Get Scammed on Your Way to College
  • And more

For access to additional resources, click here.​​​​


Click here to view the percentage of Ohio students who have completed the FAFSA compared to other states. 


Click here to learn more about this new statewide initiative, which aims to improve the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.