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FAFSA filing opens Sunday

Sep 27, 2017

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg urged high school seniors to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, during their weekly news conference Monday at Saydel High School in Des Moines.

“I just graduated from Iowa State University last December, so it wasn’t that long ago that I was in college,” Reynolds said. “Plus, I remember how hard my husband, Kevin, and I worked to help our three daughters through school. I know that every dollar counts. That’s why making sure high school seniors complete their FAFSA is critical. This form opens doors to most financial aid.”

“Filing the FAFSA to determine eligibility for financial aid may seem like a simple step, but it can transform students’ lives through the opportunities it opens up,” Gregg said.

The FAFSA is required to qualify for federal Pell grants, federal student loans, federal work-study programs and most forms of state financial aid. About two-thirds of Iowa’s high school seniors file the form each year, with low-income students among the least likely to file.

Filing the FAFSA is important so more students have opportunities to pursue college and career training after high school graduation. This also will help meet the Future Ready Iowa goal of 70 percent of the state’s workforce having education or training beyond high school by the year 2025. That is critical so employers can hire the skilled workers they need to innovate and grow.

Reynolds also urged Iowa school districts to join Iowa College Aid’s FAFSA Completion Initiative, a partnership that helps high schools identify which seniors still need to file. Saydel is the newest of 114 districts participating.

The window to file the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year opens Sunday. Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov.

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