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Hochul launches campaign to boost FAFSA completion among high school seniors

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Governor Kathy Hochul has initiated a campaign targeting high school seniors in New York to ensure they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As part of Financial Aid Awareness Month, letters offering guidance on completing the FAFSA were sent to students and high school principals. The initiative seeks to bolster access to financial aid, highlighting the significant funds left unclaimed each year due to non-completion of the form.

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During a week dedicated to FAFSA awareness, Hochul emphasized the necessity of the program, especially for students unsure about the availability of financial aid. The Governor’s effort reflects a statewide push to enhance educational outcomes by ensuring students do not miss out on financial support due to a lack of information or application hesitance.

The campaign aligns with Hochul’s broader educational strategy, previously mentioned in her 2024 State of the State address, to mandate FAFSA completion for graduating seniors to improve college enrollment rates. Statistics indicate that completing the FAFSA significantly increases the likelihood of attending college directly after high school.