Alabama Possible, a statewide nonprofit that removes barriers to prosperity, today announced that 116 High Schools received the Best Hustle Award for successfully improving their early FAFSA completion by at least 10 percent from October 1 to December 1, 2018.

All 116 schools participate in the Cash for College Alabama campaign coordinated by Alabama Possible. Through the campaign, school counselors, career coaches, and other educators at high schools across the state promote financial aid form completion.

More than 325 high schools participate in the Cash for College campaign. As of January 25, 2019, more than 18,000 seniors accessed financial aid to continue their education after high school by completing their FAFSA.

“High school seniors should complete the form as early as possible so they can access the money they need for college,” said Kristina Scott, executive director of Alabama Possible. “We are thrilled to see so many Cash for College schools promoting early FAFSA completion, and we congratulate them for earning a Best Hustle Award.”

Any student seeking federal or state financial aid – including grants, loans, and work-study programs – must complete the FAFSA. Most Alabama students qualify for Pell Grants of up to $6,195 per year. Students can use Pell Grants for two-year and four-year technical and academic programs. If you want to learn more about the FAFSA and Cash for College, visit cashforcollegealabama.org.

Alabama had the fourth highest improvement in FAFSA completions for the 2018-2019 FAFSA cycle, up 4.8 percent compared to the 2017-2018 FAFSA cycle. Through December 28, 2018, Alabama has a 1.4 percent improvement rate in FAFSA completions compared to last year.

Cash for College Alabama is a partnership of Alabama Possible, the Alabama State Department of Education, Bold Goals Coalition of Central Alabama, and the Alabama Media Group. Additional partners include the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and Alabama Community College System.

High schools winning the 2018-19 Best Hustle Award are:
Abbeville High School
Appalachian School
Ariton School
Ashville High School
Baker High School
BB Comer Memorial High School
Berry High School
Beulah High School
Billingsley High School
Booker T Washington High School
Booker T Washington Magnet High School
Brantley High School
Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School
Brilliant High School
Brookwood High School
Bullock County High School
Carbon Hill High School
Carroll High School
Cedar Bluff High School
Central High School (Phenix City)
Central High School (Rockford)
Central High School (Tuscaloosa)
Charles Henderson High School
Cherokee County High School
Cherokee High School
Chickasaw City High School
Chilton County High School
Cleburne County High School
Colbert Heights High School
Collinsville High School
Cordova High School
Corner High School
Decatur High School
Deshler High School
Elmore County High School
Eufaula High School
Excel High School
Falkville High School
Fayetteville High School
Flomaton High School
Florala High School
Florence High School
Foley High School
Gaston High School
Gaylesville High School
Geneva County High School
Georgiana School
Geraldine School
Gordo High School
Goshen High School
Hazel Green High School
Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School
Horseshoe Bend High School
Hueytown High School
Huntsville High School
Ider School
John L Leflore Magnet School
Lafayette High School
Lamar County High-Intermediate
Leeds High School
Leroy High School
Lincoln High School
Linden High School
Luverne High School
Lynn High School
Mattie T Blount High School
Monroe County High School
Mountain Brook High School
Munford High School
New Brockton High School
Northside High School
Notasulga High School
Oakman High School
Ohatchee High School
Pell City High School
Phil Campbell High School
Phillips High School
Piedmont High School
Pleasant Valley High School
Ranburne High School
Randolph County High School
Red Level High School
Rehobeth High School
Robertsdale High School
Saks High School
Samson High School
Sand Rock High School
Satsuma High School
Shades Valley High School
Shelby County High School
Slocomb High School
South Lamar School
Southside High School (Southside)
Stanhope Elmore High School
Straughn High School
Sulligent School
Sumter Central High School
Sweet Water High School
Sylacauga High School
Sylvania School
Tanner High School
Tarrant High School
Thomasville High School
Thorsby High School
TR Miller High School
Washington County High School
Weaver High School
West Point High School
White Plains High School
Wicksburg High School
Winfield High School
Winston County High School
Woodlawn High School
Woodville High School
WP Davidson High School
Zion Chapel High School