State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson this week encouraged all California high school seniors to fill out applications for college financial aid and also to join the “Race to Submit,” which aims to increase the number of students applying for college financial aid.
The California Student Aid Commission oversees the competition, which urges high school seniors and their families to fill out the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA).
“As a longtime runner, coach, and high school teacher, I know an important race when I see one,” Torlakson said. “Filling out these financial aid applications is the first step toward college success and helps students qualify for federal, state, and campus-based financial aid.”
The Race to Submit encourages all California high schools and school districts to view and track their FAFSA and CADAA numbers online. A Web-based dashboard tool helps measure the number of submitted and completed applications. The applications are also required for students who apply for Cal Grants, California’s financial aid program for higher education.
“The Race to Submit Campaign is a friendly competition to help more graduating high school seniors access the more than $6 billion in free financial aid available in California,” said Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
Until the Cal Grant deadline of March 2, 2018, each high school, district, and county can use the Race to Submit dashboard on the California Student Aid Commission Web site to view the number of submitted and completed FAFSA and CADAA applications, along with how many Cal Grants have been awarded at a high school, school district, and county. Results are updated weekly.
This friendly competition between California public high schools will show who can submit the most applications, based on school size. CSAC will recognize the top five schools at different levels. In late spring 2018, awards will be presented to the top schools that made significant strides in FAFSA and CADAA completion.