Access More Financial Support for College: Complete the FAFSA by May 1st

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PENNSYLVANIA — The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is urging all Pennsylvanians to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) before May 1, 2023. According to Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, Acting Secretary of Education, completing and submitting the FAFSA is the first step toward receiving both federal and state student aid. It is a crucial step that opens up a range of opportunities and possibilities for students across Pennsylvania, and also reduces or eliminates the need to borrow money to fund their education. Through filling out the FAFSA, students feel more financially prepared and ready to take on the challenges of the future.

All first-time applicants enrolled in a community college; business, trade, or technical school; hospital school of nursing; designated Pennsylvania open-admission institution; or nontransferable two-year program do have an extended deadline the first year they file: August 1, 2023.

Over 140 school districts across the Commonwealth have 50 percent or higher student FAFSA completion. School districts that have 70 percent or higher student FAFSA completion include:

  • Garnet Valley School District, 70%
  • Jenkintown School District, 70%
  • Lower Moreland Township School District, 70%
  • Marple Newtown School District, 70%
  • Old Forge School District, 70%
  • Pine-Richland School District, 70%
  • Riverview School District, 70%
  • Springfield School District, 70%
  • Wallingford-Swarthmore School District 75%

The FAFSA is an important tool for students seeking postsecondary education opportunities, whether they’re stepping onto campus for the first time or returning in the fall. Current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students should submit the FAFSA to the U.S. Department of Education to determine eligibility for federal student aid.

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By filling out the FAFSA, students can receive federal grants, work study, and loans for each year of postsecondary education. Many states and colleges award aid to postsecondary students based on federal aid eligibility, and states and many colleges will award their own aid based on that data

For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Education, visit the PDE website.


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