According to Page et al. (2017), there is a gap of 17 percentage points for FAFSA completion between the wealthiest and the poorest school districts in Ohio1. Regarding the school districts in Muskingum County, according to the Ohio Department of Taxation, as of 2017, one school district ranks 214 out of 612 school districts in the state of Ohio, and one ranks 599 out of 612 when it comes to median adjusted gross income (AGI). The other four school districts fall in between these rankings with all AGI’s being under $43,000 compared to the highest AGI of $101,9412.
A need exists for more FAFSA completion resources both throughout the state of Ohio, and specifically in Muskingum County. Scholarship Central’s toolkit provides access to a variety of preexisting content so that counselors, community organization personnel, and parents can better assist students in FAFSA education and completion.
Completing the FAFSA is a necessary step in obtaining a college degree and a rewarding career. It is used to determine financial aid you won’t have to pay back, like scholarships, grants, and even work-study awards.