College-bound students and their families today can begin filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ) for the 2021-22 school year on

By completing the FAFSA, students and families get access to billions of dollars in financial aid for college, including scholarships, college work-study jobs and subsidized student loans. After filing the FAFSA, nearly half of Ohio high school seniors qualify for Pell Grants of up to $6,345 per year. Pell Grants do not need to be repaid, and they can be used for a broad range of technical and academic education after high school.

“FAFSA completion makes continuing your education after high school more affordable, and more than 80 percent of undergraduate students qualify for financial aid. We recommend completing the FAFSA as soon as possible, because some colleges award financial aid on a first-come-first-serve basis,” said Learn to Earn Dayton CEO Kristina Scott.

Students should fill out the FAFSA during their senior year of high school and each year of college. Adults who are thinking about going back to school can also file the FAFSA and qualify for Pell Grants and other financial aid.

Families can complete the FAFSA on the myStudentAid mobile app or the mobile-friendly FAFSA website. Students and their parents should complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA, and they can complete the form separately and go between their phones and desktop computers.

“Many jobs in the Miami Valley require postsecondary credentials from a two- or four-year college,” said Montgomery County ESC Superintendent Shannon Cox. “Our educators are finding innovative ways to partner with students and families to complete the FAFSA regardless of whether students are attending school in-person or online.”

FAFSA events taking place include:

• Friday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - In-person FAFSA completion assistance by appointment for Stivers Academy of the Arts students

• Wednesday, October 6, at 7 p.m. -  Financial aid information session via Zoom for Centerville High Schools students and families

Under the leadership of Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Learn to Earn Dayton and other partners across Ohio helped develop the Bridging Ohio’s Workforce Gap plan to add nearly 1 million adults with valuable postsecondary credentials to keep the state’s economy moving.

Throughout the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, high schools, colleges and community groups will work with students and families to complete the all-important financial aid form. Students and their families can learn more about financial aid and get help filing their FAFSA by visiting or calling 937-512-3000.


About Learn to Earn Dayton     

Learn to Earn Dayton fosters the success of all Montgomery County children from birth until they graduate from college or earn a high-quality credential. Our big goal is for 60 percent of Montgomery County’s working-age adults to have a 2-year or 4-year college degree or a high-quality credential by 2025.


About Montgomery County Educational Service Center (MCESC)

The Montgomery County Educational Service Center (MCESC) is a premier provider of high quality, cost effective, special education services in Ohio.  We provide services to over 90 educational entities in multiple counties across the state of Ohio.  MCESC services include information for teachers, counselors and principals to improve teaching and learning and opportunities for districts to develop and expand teacher and administrative leadership.  MCESC services include Student Support Services, Teaching and Learning Services, District/Building Leadership Services and Business and Operations Services. 

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