Sen. Robert Singer of New Jersey has introduced a bill that would require students to complete the federal financial aid application to graduate from high school.
The state Senate Education Committee on Monday gave its approval to the Singer and Sen. Shirley Turner-sponsored bill, S2054, sending it to the Senate for a vote.
This bill will prove beneficial as it aims that every student across the state know what federal funding he or she can avail of. Many students do not know that such funding exists, and many drop out from filling out the application because of the complexities involved in the form-filling process.
The bill mandates every student to fill out the form, and the schools are directed to help students facing difficulties.
Students who do not want to avail any federal funding can opt from the bill. To do so, a student must be 18 years old
Students have the option to choose not to comply with the bill. The student must be at least eighteen years old to sign the waiver application If age criteria are not met, then the student’s parents or legal guardian can do so in place of the student.
Parents, guardians and students will have access to the new FAFSA form by December 31, 2023.
“The student financial aid crisis is growing by the minute and students applying to colleges need all the assistance they can get. “Requiring students to complete financial aid applications as a prerequisite for graduation could make students more knowledgeable about their financial aid options,” said Singer.