Because of the difficulties with the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, West Virginia’s high school FAFSA completion rate is down almost 40%, compelling West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to declare a state of emergency. As a result, the governor has temporarily suspended a requirement for high school students to complete the form in order to qualify for the state’s biggest college financial aid programs.

Several other states also require high school students to complete the FAFSA in order to graduate. Among them is Illinois, where legislators are considering a bill to lift the requirement for the 2023-24 school year. 

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