There has been significant demand for practices that will help districts, schools, and community partners make a virtual pivot to providing FAFSA completion assistance to students and families. Now, staff from Broward County Public Schools (BCPS), an NCAN member and the sixth-largest school district in the United States, are sharing their successful strategies from the beginning of this FAFSA cycle.
BCPS held a live, virtual FAFSA night every Thursday and one Tuesday in the month of October. The events, which were held through the Microsoft Teams platform, each drew hundreds of attendees. The approach provides a roadmap for other stakeholders supporting the FAFSA completion process. NCAN will host a webinar with BCPS next month where they will share more about their approach.
Shedly Casseus, a college, career, and life readiness specialist in the district, is the innovator of this approach. The virtual FAFSA nights have been a team effort to get off the ground and have been bringing together a number of community partners and even local colleges and universities to provide assistance to students and families.