Vigne: Applying for financial aid boosts student support and postsecondary success

Posted AUG 24, 2019 at 6:00 AM

When cost is a top reason many students give for not pursuing or completing postsecondary education, it is astounding that in 2018 alone, 661,000 graduates who were eligible for federal financial aid lost out on their share of $2.6 billion because they did not complete a form, says Jennifer Vigne, president of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can seem overwhelming. In fact, fear and confusion about completing the FAFSA or an assumption by some families that they need not bother because their students would not qualify for aid are common reasons given for lower-than-desired completion rates. Continue reading.