FAFSA Now Mandatory

By: Jocelyn Sanchez

Oct 1, 2021

FAFSA applications now become a requirement



Free application for student aid (FAFSA) is now required for graduation starting 2022. The online form goes live Oct. 1 for all this year seniors nationwide.

FAFSA began in 1965 to help financially lower income families afford college for their children. Students at Saginaw high school will begin to meet with the College/Career Counselor Catherine Bradshaw Friday Sept. 17, to register for the application.

For senior Maya Gasca, who plans to attend Texas Christian University (TCU), the $49,250 price tag per year is a little overwhelming.

“Well, I like money so I would definitely like to get some money to help for college,” Gasca said.

Bradshaw is working with students to help with the complicated form which must be filled out correctly or it will not be processed.

“With the completion of FAFSA now being a graduation requirement starting with the Class of 2022, the counselors and I will be working with seniors and their families to ensure they understand the process” Bradshaw said.

After completing the FAFSA free application students can expect to hear back from FAFSA in about 3-5 days.