Elizabeth Keest Sedrel is monitoring the data about FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
“There’s a definite uptick in the number of high school seniors who are filling out the FAFSA,” Keest Sedrel says. “This is really good news because for one thing, we know students who file that FAFSA are more likely to go to college.”
More than 14-thousand Nebraska high school seniors had completed the forms by June 30th. FAFSA determines if students qualify for Pell Grants, for example.
Nationally, there’s been a 9% rise in high school seniors completing the forms.
Keest Sedrel says, “We know that students who file a FAFSA are more likely to enroll in higher education, whether it’s community college or a four-year university.”
Students and their parents were able to start filling out FAFSA forms last October, to prepare for the academic year that starts this fall.
Many universities, colleges and community colleges require completion of a FAFSA for merit-based scholarships as well as financial help based on income.