Governor urges high school seniors to file FAFSAs
The financial aid application is a “critical step” on the way to college
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds urged high school seniors to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in a news conference at Saydel High School this morning, one week before the opening of a new FAFSA cycle. “Completing the FAFSA is a critical step in college enrollment or career training because it's the gateway to most financial aid,” she said.
The governor 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 taking part.
Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg stressed the role of FAFSA completion in reaching the state’s goal of 70 percent of residents attaining education beyond high school by 2025. “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.
Reynolds also announced Iowa College Aid’s new partnerships with Area Education Agencies and with the Iowa Department of Education to expand the reach of the FAFSA Completion Initiative and provide the most accurate data possible on FAFSA filing rates. “These initiatives, along with other Iowa College Aid programs, are designed to increase college access, success and completion and take us closer to our 2025 goal,” said Iowa College Aid Executive Director Karen Misjak.
The window to file the FAFSA for the 2018-19 school year opens Sunday (October 1).
For more information on the FAFSA Completion Initiative, go to IowaCollegeAid.gov.