After a pandemic drop in 2021, FAFSA completions and college applications trended upward during 2022. While still lower than pre-pandemic years, both are still well above our first year (2015–2016). And, our FAFSA completion rate continues to outpace state and national rates.
As with FAFSA and college applications, seamless college enrollment dropped for the class of 2021 after a slight increase for the class of 2020. This differs from national trends, which saw seamless college enrollment fall in both years. Since 2019, seamless enrollment nationally is down by 5.2%; it fell 2.7% for APS students. Given the slight bounce back in FAFSA and college applications for the class of 2022, we expect seamless enrollment to follow a similar trend once data for that class becomes available in spring 2023.