FAFSA Support for District Leaders

Type: Toolkit
Topics: College- Career- and Life-Readiness

April 15, 2024


AASA has gathered a compilation of resources from the U.S. Department of Education (USED), the National College Attainment Network (NCAN), and other K-12 Higher Education partners to aid district and school leaders in guiding their students and families through the new FAFSA process.

Spotlight Resources:

National FAFSA Week of Action

April 15-19 is National FAFSA Week of Action. This is a great chance to share any events or opportunities happening at your schools to support students in navigating the Better FAFSA. Learn more about how you can take action! You can also use this ready-made toolkit to encourage your students to complete their applications.

Ready-Made Letter to Staff

Download this message to share with your staff that includes direct links to resources.

Download Message

Webinars, Videos and Virtual Training Opportunities

Virtual Office Hours | From USED | April 19 at 3:30pm ET | Sign Up

FAFSA Walkthrough and Trainings | From NCAN | Watch Recordings

FAFSA Bootcamp | From USED | Webinar Recording

FAFSA "How To" Videos

From USED | Watch Videos

One Pagers
Better FAFSA Toolkits

From USED:

The Better FAFSA for Students and their Families


For Parents and Families - PDF

For Educators and Counselors - PDF







Host a FAFSA Completion Event

Leveraging strategies from previous academic years for FAFSA completion may not entirely bridge the current nationwide gaps. FAFSA completion events are a critical part of serving many students and families simultaneously and the guides below from USED offers many suggestions in various formats.

How To Host a FAFSA Completion Event Guide | Best Practices Guide

FSA ID Creation Guide

An important change to the FAFSA process this cycle is that FSA ID creation is not immediate. NCAN recommends trying to ensure students and contributors have FSA IDs before they show up for a FAFSA completion event. Otherwise, they may need to come to a subsequent event after creating their ID at the first one.

FSA ID How to Guide - Updated Version

Blog Posts
Social Media and Other Marketing Collateral

NCAN has a toolkit that includes awareness materials that are “plug and play” and communicate various key messages related to the FAFSA.

View Social Media Toolkit

Additional Resources from the National College Attainment Network

Visit the Better FAFSA Toolkit from NCAN, which includes ongoing training opportunities and timely updates.

Visit NCAN

 Stay Updated on FAFSA Support from AASA

Submit this form to receive regular updates from AASA on this critical issue.

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 Using ESSER Funds

Did you know that you can use ESSER funds to bolster your FAFSA supports? Consider shifting some remaining ESSER funds (or other resources) to prepare for more all-hands-on-deck support for the critical period after FAFSA applications are submitted.

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