More High-School Seniors Apply for College Financial Aid, Just Shy of Prepandemic Levels

In The News Piece in Wall Street Journal
July 21, 2022

Eddy Conroy was quoted by the Wall Street Journal regarding current FAFSA policies.

The Fafsa is often considered an early indicator of how many students are looking to enroll in college. States with Fafsa-completion policies might make it more difficult to use the Fafsa to predict trends this year and in years to come, said Eddy Conroy, a senior policy adviser for higher education at New America, a public-policy think tank.

“You’re capturing a larger number of students with no intention of going to college,” Dr. Conroy said. “That might start to make Fafsa-completion data less useful as a predictor of how many students are applying.”

California, which has the highest number of enrolled public high-school students in the country, will start in the 2022-23 school year requiring local educational agencies to confirm that their seniors completed either the Fafsa or the California Dream Act application. The latter form allows students who cannot receive federal aid to apply for state financial aid and scholarships.

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