FAFSA Roundtable - 3/16/21

Chancellor Randy Gardner and State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria lead a discussion of the state's FAFSA 21 (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) initiative and the importance of FAFSA completion.

Second Round of Funding

ODHE and ODE have announced FAFSA 22, an extension of the FAFSA 21 initiative launched in the spring to ensure that Ohio’s students have the support they need to complete the FAFSA.  An additional $1.8 million will be provided in federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) funding for FAFSA completion projects during the upcoming school year. 

The FAFSA allows students to qualify for federal Pell grants, state grants, and most scholarships. Historically, it has been one of the best predictors of enrollment in colleges, universities, and training centers. High school seniors who complete the FAFSA are 84% more likely to enroll in postsecondary education.





FAFSA 21 Awardees

In April 2021, awards totaling $966,772 were shared among 23 recipients, including college access groups, educational service centers, and colleges and universities. The first round of FAFSA 21 awardees is as follows:

  • Ashtabula County Continued ESC (Access Ashtabula)
  • Athens-Meigs ESC
  • Bowling Green State University
  • Butler County ESC
  • College Now Greater Cleveland
  • I Know I Can
  • Jefferson County ESC
  • Lake/Geauga Educational Assistance Foundation
  • Learn to Earn
  • Mahoning Valley College Access Program
  • Marion Technical College
  • Mid Ohio ESC
  • Montgomery County ESC
  • Muskingum County Community Foundation
  • North Central State College
  • Notre Dame College of Ohio
  • Rhodes State College
  • South Central Ohio ESC
  • Stark Education Partnership
  • Stark State
  • Summit Education Initiative
  • Toledo Tomorrow
  • University of Toledo
  • Zane State College