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AZCAC and FAFSA Challenge

November Most Innovative Player: Independence High School

November 2022

  • College Knowing and Going Ambassadors – Four student ambassadors were chosen after a rigorous selection process which included essays and interviews. Student Ambassadors attended trainings and worked with the counseling team to strategize and create our FAFSA plan for the year.
  • FSA ID – Counselors and the College and Career Center Specialist met with all seniors and assisted them with creating an FSA ID in August.
  • FAFSA Night Events –Independence has held multiple FAFSA night events. Student Ambassadors and partner organizations were on hand to assist.
  • FAFSA Saturday Events – Independence hosted a FAFSA workshop on a Saturday to accommodate families that work late during the week. Another Saturday event will happen in the Spring.
  • Senior Day – All senior English classes met with counselors in the Media Center during their class hour for “Senior Day”. During the hour, students were assigned to one of three stations depending on where they were in their post-secondary planning: FAFSA workshop, college applications/scholarships, or resume writing/career interest inventory.
  • Promotion – To promote FAFSA events, counselors used the Google Classroom, REMIND, and daily announcements to reach students. Student Ambassadors also created flyers and visited each Government/Economics class to advertise.
  • Incentives – When students complete their FAFSA, they receive a senior t-shirt that was created specifically for the class of 2023. Students that attend FAFSA events also receive gift bags and extra credit in their English classes.
  • Survey and Follow-up – In January, all senior students will take a FAFSA survey so that counselors can find out where they are in the process and if they need additional help. Counselors will individually follow up with every student that needs assistance.
  • Social Media – Student Ambassadors and the counseling staff use various social media platforms to promote events, scholarship opportunities, and more. 
  • Community Partners – Counselors and the College and Career Center Specialist were assisted during all of our events by multiple colleges, universities, and partner organizations.