Lawmakers brainstorm ways to boost college tuition aid applications

(The Center Square) – Pennsylvania legislators want more ways to help prospective college students access the funding they need to meet steep tuition demands.

That’s why the House Democratic Policy Committee met to discuss increasing completion rates of federal aid forms across the state. According to the hearing’s organizer Rep. Melissa Cerrato, D-Horsham, over $24 billion in federal and state loans, grant, and other funding goes untouched each year.

The FAFSA, or federal application required to receive student aid, is a prerequisite for most other grants, scholarships and other aid. In line with the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the application was overhauled in the interest of simplification. Despite the new system deployed for 2024-25, students still face many obstacles to make college affordable. 

“It is our responsibility to make sure students are set up for success if they choose to pursue higher education,” said Cerrato.

Counselor Patrick Brett of North Penn High
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