PRESS CONFERENCE: NEWARK FAFSA CHALLENGE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2019 AT 11:30 AM, CITY HALL, 920 BROAD STREET
Join Mayor Ras Baraka, the Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC), the United Way of Greater Newark, and the Newark Public Library on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 11:30 am at Newark City Hall for the launch of the Newark FAFSA Challenge. School leaders, educators, parents, and policymakers are invited to learn about the citywide effort to increase Newark’s FAFSA completion rate. The press conference will feature remarks from Mayor Ras Baraka; NCLC Executive Director, Reginald Lewis; United Way of Greater Newark President and CEO, Catherine Wilson; and Newark Public Library Director, Jeffrey Trzeciak.
About the Newark FAFSA Challenge
The Newark FAFSA Challenge is a citywide effort to encourage more Newark high school seniors to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For the 2018-2019 academic year, only about 60% of Newark high school seniors completed the FAFSA by June 2019. Our goal for the 2019-2020 academic year is to increase Newark’s FAFSA completion rate to 70% by June 2020. The FAFSA Challenge is co-sponsored by NCLC, the Newark Public Library, and the United Way of Greater Newark. Additional partners will maintain designated hubs in every Newark ward to offer personal assistance to high school seniors and their parents.