Should FAFSA completion be mandatory?

Should FAFSA completion be mandatory?

Reported by Education Dive, Louisiana and Texas have moved toward policies requiring high school seniors to either complete or formally decline the FAFSA as part of the college admissions process, in hopes of ensuring more low-income students will qualify for Pell Grants and unlock their college affordability pathway.

The takeaway? While there isn’t good research about the effectiveness of this test strategy, the research has been indeed clear for years that low-income students are leaving billion of financial aid dollars on the table. Will a FAFSA mandate help solve this problem?

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.