Summer Melt

Summer melt is the percentage of students who file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) but do not enroll in college within 12 months of high school graduation. It is an indicator of the number of students who have an interest in attending college but who, for various reasons, do not enroll.

Since 2008, there has been a large increase in summer melt. While the rapid increase in earlier years was likely a result of more students filling out the FAFSA, the increase over the last five years aligns with other data that show declining college-going among JCPS students.