Louisiana High School Seniors Required to Apply for Financial Aid

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved a new policy that will require the state's roughly 35,000 high school seniors to apply for college aid or submit an opt-out form in order to graduate, reported the Associated Press.

State Superintendent of Education John White told the AP: "We have two problems. First, we are leaving tens of millions of dollars every year because we are not applying for financial aid that will fund not just universities but community colleges and technical training. That problem is compounded by the fact that it is really the kids that need the aid the most that are applying the least."

Currently, about 15,000 seniors do not seek financial aid. Beginning in 2018, students will be required to apply for aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Louisiana Office for Student Financial Assistance (LOSF) for graduation. Students can opt out of financial aid requests with a parent-signed form.


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