Statewide Cash for College Challenge Launched

More Hawai‘i public high schools are participating in this year’s Cash for College FAFSA Challenge, a campaign to help make college more affordable for students. The challenge encourages seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which helps students identify financial aid available to them. The application, which opens on October 1, is required when applying for federal student grants, work-study, loans and scholarships, including those offered by the state, schools and private organizations. University of Hawai‘i’s Hawai‘i Promise Scholarship, which provides free in-state tuition dollars to fill the financial gap for qualified UH Community College students with financial need, also requires completion of the FAFSA. Last year this scholarship awarded over $1.7 million to approximately 1,500 UHCC students to help make college more affordable for them. Schools with the highest FAFSA completion rates as well as the largest increase in FAFSA completions over the previous year will be awarded cash prizes for their senior class to support such end-of-year activities as high school graduation, prom, and other events.