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The number of Colorado high school students completing federal financial aid forms increased for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
That’s the good news.
The bad news is that even Colorado’s improving rate falls well below the national average.
Overall, Colorado’s Federal Application for Financial Aid completion rate increased by 2.2 percentage points for the Class of 2022 over last year, bringing the number of students completing the form to 42.2%. In 2020, at the start of the pandemic, 48.9% of Colorado students completed the FAFSA.
Nationally, FAFSA rates increased 4.5 percentage points over last year to 52.9%. About 54% of students completed the form in the 2019-20 school year.
Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado
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