Completing your FAFSA  

CPS seniors are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by March 31st

March 08, 2011

The completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is vital for any student who plans on enrolling in college. The Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago found that “CPS students who reported completing a FAFSA by May and had been accepted into a four-year college were more than 50 percent more likely to enroll than students who had not completed a FAFSA.” Over the last six years, the district saw an increase of nine percent in college enrollment and we want to see that figure continue grow.


Recognizing the relationship between FAFSA completion and college enrollment, CPS encourages all of our high school seniors to complete the FAFSA. Last year, 86 percent of eligible CPS seniors completed the FAFSA, which was far above the national average of 57 percent.


It is critical for students to complete the FAFSA as early as possible. FAFSA can give students access to up to $5,000 in Pell Grants Opens in a new window icon. and $5,000 in MAP Grants Opens in a new window icon.. Eighty-five percent of our students have an Expected Family Contribution of zero, which means they are eligible for the full amount of $10,000 in financial aid. We encourage students and parents to complete the FAFSA by March 31 as awards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants.


The CPS Office of College and Career Preparation and its partner agencies are hosting FAFSA completion workshops at a number of high schools throughout the district. The dates and locations for these FAFSA workshops are available at participating high schools and on the Office of College and Career Preparation website Opens in a new window icon..


For more information go to Opens in a new window icon.


Fill out the FAFSA form at Opens in a new window icon.


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