Fewer than 20 percent of Alabama seniors completing college financial aid applications

Crystal Bonvillian
The Huntsville Times

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Fewer than 20 percent of Alabama high school seniors have completed their applications for federal financial aid for college, the U.S. Department of Education reports.

The Department of Education has unveiled a new online tool that allows local school districts to monitor how many of their seniors are completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As of March 13, just 9,893 of the state’s 49,510 high school seniors had turned in completed applications, according to a news release from the Alabama Poverty Project.

Research shows a strong correlation between FAFSA completion and college enrollment, said Kristina Scott, executive director of the project.

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