Posted Date: 03/27/2023
With the state missing out on some $63 million annually in federal student aid, officials are confident a proposed new requirement for high school seniors to complete applications will lead more of them to take advantage of it.
The new policy, referred to as “universal FAFSA,” is currently awaiting a state House vote on Senate Bill 93. It previously passed the Senate 37-8.
The policy, which would go into effect July 1, would make completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) a graduation requirement for the state’s public high school seniors unless they opt out.
Union Public Schools has prioritized FAFSA.
John Federline, Union assistant superintendent, said: “It’s something we push really hard. It’s one of the main roles of our college and career center (at Union High School).”