Funding awards totaling nearly $1.8 million have been announced as part of a state initiative to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
The Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) announced the awards today as part of the FAFSA 22 initiative. Awards totaling $1,723,133 will be shared among 25 recipients, including college access groups, educational service centers, and colleges and universities. The awards are a component of a strategic investment supported by Governor DeWine and the General Assembly that will be utilized for a variety of statewide FAFSA completion projects over an 18-month period.
“FAFSA completion is critical, whether you’re seeking a workforce credential, a bachelor’s degree, or something in between,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Having a well-qualified workforce often depends on having a degree or credential and completing the FAFSA is the first step along that path to a successful future and a stronger Ohio.”
“We are pleased to provide this direct financial support to local and regional partners who encourage Ohioans to apply for financial aid that would otherwise go unclaimed,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “These awards are targeted at increasing Ohio’s FAFSA completion rates so that more students can achieve their goals and earn a degree or credential that prepares them for a successful career.”
Awardees plan to use the funds in a variety of ways, from outreach and communication and FAFSA workshops to school staff training and one-on-one guidance sessions.
“We always encourage students not to pass up the opportunity to complete the FAFSA because it’s really the only way to get a complete picture of the federal financial aid options available to them,” said Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Stephanie K. Siddens. “This is money that can help students reach their educational and career goals, so it’s great that the FAFSA 22 award funds aim to increase the number of students who participate.”
About the Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.
About the Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education is a diverse team of passionate, education-focused professionals dedicated to fulfilling the vision established in Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education. The vision is, “In Ohio, each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society.” Ensuring this vision for each of Ohio’s 1.7 million students, in partnership with more than 240,000 educators across the state, is no small feat. Under the leadership of the superintendent of public instruction and governed by the State Board of Education, Department team members, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, are sharply focused on helping schools and districts continually improve to be the best they can be for each child. Equity and impact are core to every program, service and action. The Department’s work is well regarded both in Ohio and nationally for its innovative, leading-edge and forward-looking approach. When the Department succeeds, students succeed, communities succeed and Ohio succeeds.