About 56 percent of California high school seniors applied for federal or state financial aid for college. The new dashboard aims to increase that number and allow schools to compare their statistics to other schools around California.
The state's student aid commission is looking for ideas to consolidate various Cal Grants and other grant programs.
Cal Grants are among the most generous state-funded student aid programs in the nation and can cover entire tuition at CSU and UC.
The final application numbers top last year's by 5 percent after much publicity and pledges that personal data will not be shared with federal authorities.
California needs to produce 11.9 million degrees by 2025 to remain economically competitive.