Deloitte partners with Metro Schools to help students completing the FAFSA
The drive to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early is yielding impressive results. It's in big part thanks to community partners like Deloitte that recently gave FAFSA assistance to 369 families in Metro Schools this year through McGavock, Antioch and Overton high schools.
This marks the seventh year Deloitte has helped Metro families with the FAFSA.
"The two words that come to mind when I think about the FASFA Drive are connection and accomplishment," said volunteer Debbie Banks, who is senior manager of policy, corporate card and expense compliance for Deloitte, a financial services company. "When you ask a student what they plan to study, you hear the excitement as they tell you about their future career dreams. It’s an opportunity to give them encouragement and share the sense of accomplishment you had when your dreams of a degree and a career became a reality. Just knowing you’ve helped them take the first step is the best feeling."
Deloitte has been an Academies of Nashville partner for 10 years and was one of the original Academy partners for the district. Deloitte employees have been volunteering with Metro Schools for 21 years. In the past seven years, Deloitte has provided FAFSA assistance to 2,131 Metro Schools families.
"The first 10 years included a partnership with Warner Elementary, teaching Junior Achievement classes and supporting STEM efforts," said John Doerge, Deloitte's community relations lead for Tennessee. "We began the effort as part of Deloitte's national commitment to helping to build a stronger college-going culture among American students. The addition of our engagement with the Academies of Nashville gave us an opportunity for a deeper and broader engagement at our three partner schools."