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Marimee Jules, Staff Writer

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Seniors listen up; this is for you! FAFSA opened October 1st, 2017 and closes June 30th, 2018. Out of 964 seniors in Riverton High School last year, only 230 applied for FAFSA. According to U.S. Department of Education as of April 2016, Utah had the lowest  application completion rate in the nation. Only 18 percent of high school seniors in Utah applied for FAFSA. Counselors encourage the seniors this year apply during their parent- discussion meeting. When asking  many seniors what is FAFSA many of them don’t know.  FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  

There are so many myths surrounding FAFSA that our counselors have dispelled. The idea  that FAFSA is only for kids who economically disadvantaged. Everyone can apply regardless of family income. The basic eligibility requirements are to demonstrate financial need which for most students who are applying for college will need more money to cover tuition, book fees, etc.  You have to be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen as well as having a Social Security number.

Stephanie Galley in the counseling office stated that “by filling out the FAFSA, my son  was able to save thousands on college.”

Jaydeen Bugees, a senior, said “I feel like everyone should apply for FAFSA even though you might not think you can get much from it honestly only took thirty minutes to complete.”
There are tons of opportunities that FAFSA provides ranging anywhere between student loans, grants, and work study. Some of the opportunities that people are not aware of is getting aid for serving in the military or being the spouse or a child of a veteran. You can get money for being currently in or once was in foster care. You can also get money from the Department of Health and Human Services.  It is for everyone regardless of race, gender, and income.
Riverton High is expecting a higher rate of kids applying for FAFSA this year. During the 2017-2018 school year Riverton High has provided Financial Aid night, a scholarship lab and other opportunities for kids to get money to pay for college. If students are still having difficulties applying for any financial aid counselors are more than willing to help.

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