March 19, 2019

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Councilmember Todd Introduces Legislation Requiring
All Public High School Students To Apply For Federal College Aid

Washington, DC – Today, Councilmember Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) introduced legislation that would require all DCPS high school seniors to submit the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to graduate. By designating the completion of FAFSA as a graduation requirement, the legislation would ensure schools provide information and support to students regarding FAFSA, expanding access to this critical resource for college financial aid. The “FAFSA Graduation Requirement Amendment Act of 2019” was co-introduced by At-Large Councilmember Robert C. White Jr.

“For those who want to go to college, but see no way to afford it, FAFSA presents unique opportunities for scholarships, grants, and aid,” said Councilmember Todd. “Even if a student does not currently plan to attend college, submitting FAFSA keeps their options open. Since our goal is to see more of our high school seniors obtain a higher education and attend the college of their choice, this process will add to their toolkit for success.”

Each year, U.S. Department of Education gives over $120 billion in federal grants, loans, and work study funds to over 13 million students across the country who submitted FAFSA. Aid is eligible to everyone in a household with an income less than $250,000. A large portion of the financial aid is distributed on a rolling basis beginning October 1st

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