Research shows that students who apply for and receive financial aid persist in college at greater rates than students who don’t.  That’s why the College Access Network CAN, chaired by the Rochester Education Foundation, leads the work to increase the number of students who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and encourages Rochester students to go to college. This year, approximately 350 students (representing 34 different high schools) and their family members attended six separate events, from January 31 – March 24. As a result we improved our FAFSA submission rate at nearly every RCSD high school, with a year-to-year increase from March 2015 to March 2016 of 17%. This is significant because students who file in January, February or March (early) on average receive more funding from federal, state and college sources as those who file later in the year. The College Access Network also maintained and promoted the regional college website, and logged more than 7,000 sessions and 11,000 page views between Sept 2015 and Aug 2016, and boasted an increase in new users from 63.7 percent to 85.1 percent. Finally the College Access Network provided college tours for RCSD 10th grade students from three RCSD high schools.

See the Rochester College Access Network website

Read the 2016-2017 FASFA Fest Summary

Members of the RCAN include:

  • Bryant and Stratton College
  • Cognitive Marketing
  • Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
  • Ibero American Action League
  • League of Women Voters
  • Metro Council for Teen Potential
  • Monroe Community College
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • Nazareth College
  • Rochester Educational Opportunity Center, The College at Brockport
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Rochester City School District
  • Rochester Education Foundation
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. John Fisher College
  • SUNY Geneseo
  • The College at Brockport, Educational Talent Search
  • United Way
  • University of Rochester
  • Urban League of Rochester
  • Villa of Hope