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FAFSA Plus+ History

FAFSA Plus+, administered by the HECC Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC), is part of the U.S. Department of Education's FAFSA Completion Initiative. The FAFSA Plus+ initiative allows state student grant agencies, such as OSAC, the authority to provide participating secondary schools, school districts, and certain designated entities with limited data about students' progress in completing and filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. ​

Since timely completion of the FAFSA is an essential step for many families in obtaining financial aid to pursue a postsecondary education, ​ the FAFSA Completion Initiative enables state student grant agencies and their school and district partners to identify those students who have not filed a FAFSA form and better target counseling, filing help, and other resources to those students. In Oregon, OSAC is the state student grant agency that has been authorized to offer FAFSA completion information to schools, districts, and other designated entities. Sites must complete a data-sharing agreement with OSAC to participate.​
 
In July 2014, the U.S. Department of Education notified state agencies of several new entities that are eligible to participate in the FAFSA Completion project. These include grantees of the U.S. Department of Education—TRIO and GEAR UP programs—and American Indian and Alaskan Native Education entities that are tribal education agencies or Indian organizations. These agencies and organizations may receive FAFSA filing status information for students if the agency has an established relationship with the student.  OSAC welcomes participation from interested tribes.​ Learn more and apply here.


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FAFSA Completion Project 2015 to present

Over 250 high schools, Tribes, and community-based organizations are accessing the student-level FAFSA data and providing targeted FAFSA assistance. OSAC not only shares the date each student submits a FAFSA but also shares the status of the application allowing sites to follow up with students with rejected FAFSAs and notify students that they have been selected for verification. The Plus+ component of FAFSA Plus+ includes events, financial literacy information, scholarship resources, and other college access information.​

FAFSA Completion Pilot 2014-15

In spring 2015, HECC-OSAC piloted the FAFSA Completion Project with four Oregon high schools. All four high schools experienced an increase in the percentage of students who completed FAFSAs.​

​Contact Us

For more information contact the FAFSA Plus+ team at FafsaPlus@hecc.oregon.gov.​

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