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RACE TO SUBMIT

The 2020-21 Race to Submit is a statewide campaign that aims to increase the number of financial aid applications 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.

The Race to Submit encourages all California high schools and districts to view and track their FAFSA and CADAA number. The online tool helps measure the number of submitted and completed applications. This initiative aims to motivate California high schools and districts to increase application count by supporting their students with FAFSA and CADAA submission.

During the application period, beginning October 1 and up until the March 2 Cal Grant deadline, each high school, district, and county can use the Race to Submit to gauge the submission and completion of the FAFSA and CADAA, along with how many Cal Grants have been awarded.

The Race to Submit provides progress updates of the following data by high school, school district and county on a weekly basis:

  • FAFSA/CADAA completion and submission rates
  • Number of Cal Grant applications submitted and completed
  • Number of students eligible for Cal Grants
  • Number of Cal Grant awards

FEATURES

This Race to Submit Resource Guide provides a summary of the Race to Submit initiative, Dashboard features, FAFSA/CADAA strategies and general financial aid resources. Click on the link below to access the Race to Submit Resource Guide.

Race to Submit Resource Guide

RACE TO SUBMIT RESOURCE GUIDE

Create your own reports using the following features to customize your own tables and graphs.

Search – Use our interactive search field with auto-completion to search for schools, school districts, and/or counties.

Export – Download data for all schools, school districts, and counties in CSV format.

Glossary – See a list of commonly used terms.

Comparison – Add up to 5 schools, school districts, and/or counties to view a comparison set.

View All – See a listing of all schools, school districts, or counties.

Race to Submit Resource Guide

LEADERBOARD

The Leaderboard measures the completion of the FAFSA/CA Dream Act application along with the matching of the GPA which allows the applicant to be considered for a Cal Grant.  The Race to Submit will celebrate the success of the top three schools and districts from each level with the highest number in FAFSA and CADAA and GPA completion between October 1, and March 2, Cal Grant deadline.

JOIN THE RACE TO THE SUBMIT

Are you interested in supporting the Race to Submit? Starting October 1 through the March 2 Cal Grant deadline, students and families can attend FREE Cash for College workshops across California to receive assistance completing the FAFSA or CADAA and Chafee Grant for Foster Youth applications.

STATEWIDE RACE TO SUBMIT WINNERS

 

 

GLOSSARY

General Terms

California Public High Schools – High schools include public, continuation and alternative schools. Private and adult education schools are not included.

High School Senior Enrollment – High schools include public, continuation and alternative schools. Private and adult education schools are not included.

Application Year – Each high school senior applies for financial aid for the following college year. For example, Class of 2018 students apply for 2018-2019 college year financial aid.

Last Updated Date – CSAC receives all federal and state applications for California aid applicants. Once the application progress period begins, the Race to Submit Dashboard is refreshed on a weekly basis with new applications and awards. Final application and award data is presented annually in the fall.

FAFSA/Dream Act Applications

Submitted – Either application submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by California high school senior class.

Completed – Either application submitted to CSAC that is complete, meaning it can be processed for financial aid.

Application Total – All Application totals represent only California high school senior class applications, a portion of all applications received by the California Student Aid Commission.

FAFSA/CA Dream Act + GPA

Submitted – Aggregate counts of FAFSAs/CA Dream Act Applications AND submitted school-verified Cal Grant Grade Point Averages (GPAs).

Completed - Aggregate counts of FAFSAs/CA Dream Act Applications AND submitted school-verified Cal Grant Grade Point Averages (GPAs) that are completed by the Cal Grant March 2 deadline.

Cal Grant Award Offers - Number or percentage of California high school seniors who were offered a Cal Grant award.

Please visit our Cal Grant Success Dashboard for more information

at: https://webutil.csac.ca.gov/Dashboard/default.aspx