Race to Submit

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Overview

The 2017-18 early FAFSA initiative was implemented by the United States Department of Education (US DOE) as a way to simplify and improve the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) process. Fall 2016 marked the first time the FAFSA and CADAA (California Dream Act Application) were available starting October 1. Along with an earlier FAFSA and CADAA timeline, students were allowed to use prior prior tax information. This early financial aid initiative helped improve college choice and access to financial aid.

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Race to Submit

The Race to Submit is a statewide campaign that aims to increase the number of financial aid application for California high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application. Filling out these financial aid applications is the first step towards college success and helps students qualify for federal and state aid to help pay for college. These efforts were modeled after the successful 2017-18 FAFSA and CADAA Completion Initiative in Riverside.