ASU indicates that 582 PUHSD Students have received a Financial Aid Package that includes free tuition

Posted by Communications on 5/17/2017

A recent report from ASU indicates that 582 PUHSD students have received a financial aid package that includes free tuition and fees for four years, through either the Obama Scholars Program (free tuition, fees, room, board, books and supplies for four years.  Estimated worth- $100,000) or the College Attainment Grant (free tuition and fees for four years. Estimated worth- $42,000)   The 582 number is 230 more students compared to the previous year.

Post-secondary articulation specialist Dolores Ramirez attributes it to the District-wide Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion campaign.

“I want to thank everyone for the FAFSA completion efforts this past year. I believe it has truly made a difference in the lives of our students and families,” Ramirez said. 

Phoenix Union schools not only held a College Application Campaign again this fall, but the District made a push to have more students complete the FAFSA.   It is the first step in applying for financial aid, and is often required to apply for state aid, scholarships or financial assistance from individual institutions.  Students at Title 1 (lower income) high schools can qualify for an average of $3,500 in Pell Grant funds, with a maximum amount of $5,815.  More than 80 percent of all student financial assistance is provided by the federal government.

Phoenix Union had a goal of 40 percent of its seniors completing the FAFSA Application, improving upon last year’s 33 percent.  As of mid-April, 2,435 students, or 42.9 percent of the seniors completed the FAFSA application, and the District was only 119 students shy of 45 percent.  

Creative campus contests and events, prizes, expert guidance from counselors, college representatives and community members, and on-going district-wide updates fueled the increase.

Phoenix was one of 22 cities to receive up to $55,000 in the FAFSA Completion Challenge though the National College Access Network (NCAN) this year.  The funds support PUHSD’s efforts to connect its students with financing needed for higher education.  Phoenix Union reaching its goal means that the City of Phoenix will continue its NCAN FAFSA Grant for another year.