As of February 3rd, Sarasota became the county with the highest FAFSA application completion rate in the state of Florida: 1,204 out of 3,029 12th graders. This accomplishment in the Florida FAFSA Challenge has been achievable thanks to LCAN* and the FAFSA labs that have been hosted throughout the county.
Another reason to celebrate is the fact that Pine View School (Osprey) holds third place for the highest FAFSA completion rate among all high schools in the state (210 12th graders out of 283). In addition, Riverview High School is ranking first in the “Biggest Boost” category, which means that it has obtained the largest week-to-week change in percentage of students completing FAFSA.
In general, both Sarasota and Manatee counties are seeing the numbers increase. All throughout April, LCAN will be hosting FAFSA labs to continue helping students and families get the resources they need to #DreamBig and #ReachHigh.
*LCAN partners in Sarasota comprise: United Way Suncoast, Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, CareerEdge, and the Sarasota Education Foundation. LCAN partners in Manatee comprise: Manatee Community Foundation, United Way of Manatee, The School District of Manatee, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, USF Sarasota-Manatee, Manatee Technical College, Take Stock in Children of Manatee County, and CareerEdge.