The Office of Higher Education (OHE) began participating in the FAFSA Completion Initiative effective with the 2016-2017 academic year. Participating high school districts, high schools and/or other designated entities (public or non-profit organizations providing direct services to students related to postsecondary attendance) are able to log into OHE's FAFSA completion web portal to determine which individual students have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and whether the FAFSA has any problems requiring follow-up with the student. For example, missing signatures or selected for verification. The goal is to increase the number of students completing the FAFSA, make sure any FAFSA problems are resolved prior to the beginning of the college academic year, and to give college prep personnel a tool to conduct targeted outreach. To participate in this project, a district/school/organization will need to complete the data-sharing agreement (DSA) and return it to OHE. A new DSA is required every two years and must be signed by a Data Receiver Authorized Representative (Principal, Superintendent or Other Executive).
For questions about the FAFSA Completion Tool (web portal), please contact Nicole Whelan at Nicole.Whelan@state.mn.us