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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened Friday for the 2022-2023 school year, and Indiana officials and experts are trying to get more people to file.

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The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is extending the deadline for filing the federal application for student financial aid. 

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High school students in Michigan now have a little more time to apply for college financial aid.

The Michigan Department of Treasury announced it will extend the application deadline for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and the Michigan Tuition Grant from March 1 to May 1. 



According to data from the National College Attainment Network, the percentage of Indiana high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is down 10 percent from last year.

Angela Workman, vice president of programs at the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, said the stress the pandemic has placed on families over the last year may play into why fewer high schoolers are applying for the FAFSA.


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Indiana lawmakers are working on a bill to increase the number of Hoosier students who file the federal application for college financial aid, and a recent change to the legislation would create an incentive for K-12 schools to get more students to do so.

Indiana Lawmakers Consider FAFSA Requirement For Students

Feb 10, 2021
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A bill that would require students at public schools to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has advanced to the Indiana House after the measure won approval in a Senate vote. Under the plan approved Tuesday, high school seniors would be required to fill out a FAFSA form unless a parent or school administrator signs an exemption waiver. Bill author Republican Sen. Jean Leising said the legislation is necessary to increase the state's low FAFSA completion rates.

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Most Hoosiers value education beyond high school, according to an annual survey, but almost three-quarters believe financial strains from the COVID-19 pandemic pushed higher education further out of reach.

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A Department of Child Services oversight bill is dramatically scaled back. Syringe exchanges are given a little extra time. And a consensus has been reached on a smoking age increase.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

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