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.
Districts serving the 50 priority high schools in the Commonwealth with the highest number of economically disadvantaged graduates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Office of College, Career and Technical Education
Applications will be approved on a rolling basis as received until Friday, March 5, 2021.
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
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.
Last Updated: February 12, 2021
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