Cash for College encourages Alabama high schools to rally around Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion. The FAFSA is required for any student seeking federal and state financial aid, including grants and loans in all colleges. According to the US Department of Education, 9 out of 10 students who complete a FAFSA attend college the following fall.
Many Alabama students qualify for Pell Grants of up to $5,920 per year. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid. Students planning to enroll in college in Fall 2018 may complete their FAFSA as early as October 1, 2017.
Blueprints College Access Initiative is a direct service-learning experience for college students to provide college access counseling and mentoring to low-income high school students. Workshops are combined with after-school support, financial aid information and relationships with college mentors to create a college-positive culture. Sessions cover topics from financial aid and financial literacy to career assessments, resume building, interview skills and choosing the right school.
College is postsecondary education. College is the attainment of valuable postsecondary credentials beyond high school, including professional/technical certificates and academic degrees.
College is a necessity. Postsecondary education is a prerequisite for success in a knowledge-based economy. Everyone must pursue and complete postsecondary credentials or degrees beyond high school.
College is for everyone. The postsecondary education attainment rates among low-income students and students of color are significantly lower than those of other students. Alabama Possible commits to closing these gaps.
College is a public good. Postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment are critical to a just and equitable society, strong economy, and healthy communities.