Curry High School is being recognized for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion.
CURRY — Curry High School is being recognized for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion.
The school was recently given the Best Hustle Award for increasing FAFSA completion by 50 percent in this school year. Alabama Possible, a nonprofit that advocates for the underserved, bestowed the honor.
FAFSA helps college-bound students attain financial aid.
“It’s crucial that high school seniors fill out the FAFSA as early as possible to maximize their financial aid,” Kristina Scott, executive director of Alabama Possible, said in a press release. “We are excited for all the schools that have received the Best Hustle Award and congratulate them on their success in encouraging early FAFSA completion among students.”
Curry High School is the only school in Walker County to receive the Best Hustle Award this year. Schools that improved FAFSA completion by at least 10 percent were considered for the award.
Approximately 120 schools in Alabama received the Best Hustle Award this year.
"All the schools participate in the Cash for College Alabama campaign coordinated by Alabama Possible," a press release from the nonprofit states. "Cash for College works with school counselors, career coaches, and other educators at high schools across the state to equip students to continue their education after high school by completing their financial aid form."
Nearly 350 schools participate in the Cash for College campaign, according to Alabama Possible.
Curry High Principal Eric Woodley said the school has a senior class of nearly 120 students, and he credits the increase in FAFSA completion to their determination and the encouragement of staff members.
"They're like sponges," Woodley said of the senior class, "and they want to know what their next step is. When you have those kids that want to know what their next step is - and then you have somebody here that's going to provide their next step, which our counselor, Kristi Cain, does - it's a good mixture."