Kansas FAFSA Challenge

FAFSA Challenge

The Kansas FAFSA Challenge is a NEW statewide FAFSA completion competition among Kansas high schools.  Schools will be grouped by size and recognized in two different categories, Highest Completion Rate & Most Improved Completion Rate. 

2021 Kansas FAFSA Challenge Winners & top 5 schools in each category

6A 

Highest Completion Rate      Most improved over last year  

*Shawnee Mission East HS

62%

 

*Dodge City High School

+31%

Blue Valley Northwest HS

60%

 

Manhattan HS West/East Campus

+17%

Manhattan HS West/East Campus

58%

 

Garden City High School

+13%

Blue Valley North HS

56%

 

Blue Valley North HS

+11%

Blue Valley West HS

56%

 

Liberal Senior High School

+9%

Olathe East High School

56%

 

   

 

5A

Highest Completion Rate          Most improved over last year  

*Sumner Academy of Arts & Science

70%

 

*Basehor-Linwood HS

+27%

St. James Academy

68%

 

Great Bend High School

+23%

Bishop Carroll Catholic HS

65%

 

Newton Senior High School

+21%

St. Thomas Aquinas High School

64%

 

Bonner Springs High School

+10%

Mill Valley High School

61%

 

Andover High School

+7%

Kapaun Mt Carmel Catholic HS

61%

 

   

4A

Highest Completion Rate        Most improved over last year  

*Hayden High School

75%

 

*Winfield High School

+36%

Bishop Miege High School

68%

 

Chanute High School

+22%

Clay Center Community HS

56%

 

Bishop Miege High School

+19%

Labette County High School

56%

 

Hayden High School

+17%

Eudora High School

55%

 

Abilene High School

+17%

Holton High School

55%

 

   

 

3A

Highest Completion Rate        Most improved over last year  

*Southeast Saline High School

84%

 

*Perry Lecompton High School

+76%

Hesston High School

78%

 

Fredonia Jr/Sr High School

+50%

Norton High School

73%

 

Hoisington High School

+38%

Caney Valley High School

71%

 

Baxter Springs High School

+31%

Fredonia Jr/Sr High School

70%

 

Lakin High School

+25%

Neodesha High School

70%

 

   

 

2A

Highest Completion Rate         Most improved over last year  

*Erie High School

78%

 

*Syracuse High School

+122%

Elkhart High School

77%

 

Maur Hill – Mount Academy

+56%

Sacred Heart Jr/Sr High School

76%

 

Jefferson County North HS

+55%

Sterling Junior High/Senior High

75%

 

Bluestem Jr/Sr High School

+51%

Washington County High School

75%

 

Inman Jr/Sr High School

+46%

 

1A

Highest Completion Rate       Most improved over last year  

*Wheatland High School

100%

 

*Udall High School

+176%

*Kiowa County HS

100%

 

Skyline High School

+67%

Macksville High School

90%

 

Dexter High School

+53%

Axtell High School

89%

 

Axtell High School

+52%

Cheylin Jr/Sr High School

89%

 

Jackson Heights HS & MS

+47%

Virtual Schools & Academies

Highest Completion Rate          Most improved over last year  

*Northeast Magnet High School

53%

 

*Lawrence Virtual High School

+76%

Hope Street Charter Academy

47%

 

Kansas Connection Academy

+31%

Maize Virtual Preparatory Academy

46%

 

Andover Ecademy

+1%

Kansas Connection Academy

31%

 

   

21st Century Learning Academy/Kiowa County

27%

 

   

Competition Structure

The Kansas FAFSA Challenge will be active from October 1, when the 2021-2022 FAFSA opens, until June 30.  We use senior class size data as reported to KSDE, and the completion numbers for this year and last are reported by FAFSA state-wide data.  The winning schools will be announced and recognized annually by both the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas State Board of Education at the joint September board meeting.

 A video with some of the 2021 Winners

Kansas FAFSA Stats

  • 389 high schools in Kansas
  • As of June 2021 our state wide FAFSA completion rate was 46.9% (national FAFSA tracker)
  • Our goal is to have all Kansas high schools move toward a FAFSA completion rate of 60% in the next 3 years

 

Let's reach for 60%!

There are 101 Kansas High Schools with a FAFSA Completion percentage above 60%.  Let's see how many more schools we can add to this list next year!

 

FAFSA Event Resources

One of the best ways to increase FAFSA completion rates and support your students and families in navigating the FAFSA is by holding a FAFSA completion event at your school.  Listed below are some lessons & resources you can share with your school community.  Everything you need to plan, experts to call, and steps to follow to host a FAFSA event for your students & parents.

Planning a FAFSA Completion Event 

FAFSA & Financial Aid Resources

FAFSA Website

FAFSA Completion Event Webinar Recording- January 21, 2021