DMACC launches FAFSA completion campaign
Des Moines Area Community College has launched a new campaign to encourage all prospective college and university students to fill out the Free Application for Student Aid. In Central Iowa, only about half of high school students and their parents annually complete the FAFSA form. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, FAFSA is a form that asks some personal and income-related questions. Its purpose is to assess a person’s or family’s financial need. FAFSA is a financial aid application, but it is often used in the scholarship selection process as well. At DMACC, some financial aid, such as the Iowa Last Dollar Scholarship, has no income guidelines, but still requires FAFSA. A new report from the National College Attainment Network shows that the high school class of 2022 left an estimated $3.58 billion on the table last year in the form of unclaimed Pell Grant funds — about 14% of annual Pell expenditures.