The Education Trust–New York recognized Sleepy Hollow High School as a statewide “top performer” for its work helping students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a critical step toward enabling low-income students to access the financial aid necessary to enroll in college.
SHHS’s Counseling Department and Latino U College Access (LUCA) have partnered on this important effort for the last three years through LUCA’s FAFSA Boot Camps. Each year, attendance continues to grow with 120 attendees at last year’s event. During this comprehensive four-hour program, students and families work individually with trained volunteers to complete and submit the FAFSA. 95% of the families in attendance at last year’s boot camp completed and submitted their FAFSA on-site.
Families are able to benefit from FAFSA Boot Camps thanks to generous funding from Kids’ Club of Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow and the Westchester Community Foundation, a division of the New York Community Foundation.
The New York FAFSA Completion Challenge recognizes high schools with the highest and most improved FAFSA completion rates since last year based on region of the state and school size. The Challenge is part of a statewide campaign launched by Ed Trust–NY to encourage public high schools to increase the proportion of eligible low-income students who complete the FAFSA. Winning high schools, where at least half of students must be low-income, each receive $750 to award a scholarship to a college-bound high school senior who is either low-income or a first-generation college student.
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