Provide direct support to students and families in the completion of the Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in high schools with high numbers of economically disadvantaged students.
Due to the COVID pandemic FAFSA completion across the nation and the Commonwealth is significantly low this year as compared to previous years. The priority of this federal funding is to increase the number of students completing FAFSA and attending college through the use of data to identify and support students and their families in completing FAFSA and the financial aid process in fifty identified high schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Support school counselors and other school personnel to use available data (including Edwin FAFSA completion reports) to target students who have yet to apply for FAFSA and higher education
- Work with college access programs and community organizations to provide supports for students and their families to complete FAFSA and college applications.
- Target first generation college going students and students from populations historically underrepresented in higher education.
- Work with community colleges and state universities to transition students to higher education to avoid "summer melt"
- Support families and students in FAFSA completion and college applications outside of traditional school time (evenings, weekends, vacation) and locations that are responsive to student and family needs in an effective linguistic and cultural approach.
Districts serving the 50 priority high schools in the Commonwealth with the highest number of economically disadvantaged graduates.
- Funding Type:
Federal CFDA 84.425
Districts may apply for funds to serve priority high schools identified in their district. Amounts are based on numbers of economically disadvantaged students enrolled in those priority schools.
|District||Priority High Schools||Amount|
|Boston||Boston Latin Academy, Brighton High School, East Boston High School, Madison Park High School, O'Bryant Math Science High School, Tech Boston Academy||45,000|
|Brockton||Brockton High School||25,000|
|Cambridge||Cambridge Rindge and Latin School||10,000|
|Chelsea||Chelsea High School ||10,000|
|Chicopee||Chicopee Comprehensive High School||5,000|
|Everett||Everett High School||15,000|
|Fall River||Durfee High School||20,000|
|Fitchburg||Fitchburg High School||10,000|
|Framingham||Framingham High School||10,000|
|Greater Fall River Regional Vocational Technical||Greater Fall River Regional Vocational Technical School||10,000|
|Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical||Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical School||15,000|
|Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical||Greater Lowell Regional Vocational Technical School||15,000|
|Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical||Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical School||10,000|
|Haverhill||Haverhill High School||10,000|
|Holyoke||Holyoke High School||15,000|
|Lawrence||Lawrence High School||25,000|
|Lowell||Lowell High School||20,000|
|Lynn||Classical High School , Lynn English High School , Lynn Vocational Technical School ||40,000|
|Malden||Malden High School||15,000|
|Medford||Medford High School||5,000|
|Methuen||Methuen High School||10,000|
|New Bedford||New Bedford High School||20,000|
|Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical||Northeast Metro Technical School||5,000|
|Peabody||Peabody High School||5,000|
|Quincy||North Quincy High School , Quincy High School ||15,000|
|Revere||Revere High School||15,000|
|Salem||Salem High School||5,000|
|Somerville||Somerville High School||10,000|
|Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical||Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School||10,000|
|Springfield||High School of Commerce, Putnam Vocational High School, Springfield Central High School, Springfield High School of Science and Technology ||70,000|
|Taunton||Taunton High School||10,000|
|Waltham||Waltham High School||5,000|
|West Springfield||West Springfield High School||5,000|
|Weymouth||Weymouth High School||5,000|
|Worcester||Burncoat High School , Doherty High School , North High School, South High School , Worcester Technical High School||60,000|
Funding is contingent upon availability. All dollar amounts listed are estimated/approximate and are subject to change. If more funding becomes available it will be distributed under the same guidelines that appear in this RFP document.
Additional funding of up to $10,000 may be available for districts in FY2022 that meet or exceed last year's FAFSA completion rate by May 1, 2021.
- Fund Use:
Districts may designate funds for use in priority high schools for stipends to identify a school FAFSA lead to coordinate FAFSA completion efforts; stipends for school counselors, other school personnel, retired educators and/or trained community members who will support students and their families in the financial aid and college application process. Funds may also be used to support community organizations and college access programming to support this effort. Funds may not be spent on technological hardware or equipment.
- Project Duration:
Upon approval – 06/30/2021*
* Districts that meet or exceed last year's FAFSA completion rate by May 1, 2021 may be eligible to apply for FY2022 funds under Fund Code 432 for up to $10,000. These FY2022 grants will run upon approval (no earlier than 7/1/2021) through 6/30/2022. Eligible entities will be notified prior to July 1st.
- Program Unit:
Office of College, Career and Technical Education
- Phone Number:
- Date Due:
Applications will be approved on a rolling basis as received until Friday, March 5, 2021.
- Required Forms:
Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — (Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants)
Part II — Budget Expenditures (to be entered directly in EdGrants)
Part III — Required Program Information
Districts that meet or exceed last year's FAFSA completion rate by May 1, 2021 will be notified that they are eligible for FY2022 funds under FC 432 for up to $10,000.
Once notified, FY2022 grants should be entered in EdGrants with a
FY2022 Part I — General — Program Unit Signature Page — Standard Contract Form and Application for Program Grants
Submit all required grant materials through EdGrants
In EdGrants, districts are required to create and name the project. Please use the following naming convention for your "Applicant Project Name" in EdGrants:
FY21 432 FAFSA Completion Opportunity Grant (Applicant Name)
All items listed under the required forms section of this RFP should be uploaded / attached in the Attachments List formlet of the Application Submission in EdGrants. This includes a signed / scanned PDF of Part I / Coversheet with Superintendent's signature and all required forms. The final budget the applicant is requesting will be entered directly into EdGrants as part of the application submission process.
For Guidance Documents regarding EdGrants, visit EdGrants: User Guides, Information and Trainings.
Please note: It is up to the district to determine who they want to add as EdGrants Front Office users to submit grant application as well as payment request information. Please review the EdGrants: User Security Controls to make informed decisions regarding assigning your district level users.