Blake Reminds Local Students, Families about Upcoming FAFSA Deadline

SCRANTON, April 16, 2012 – – State Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna/Luzerne/Monroe) today reminded college-bound students and their families that the deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the upcoming school year is May 1.

“As we begin the final months of state budget negotiations, the legislature must negotiate a spending plan that ensures we properly fund higher learning so a college education, which is essential to support the earnings potential of our future workforce, is not out of reach for thousands of Pennsylvania students and their families,” Blake said. “Further, as tuition costs rise, financial aid becomes that much more important for all Pennsylvania families with college students and it is imperative that these families are aware of the upcoming FAFSA deadlines.”

Blake said that in the 22nd Senatorial District alone, 4,639 students receive scholarship grant aid valued at $13.2 million. The average grant award in the 22nd Senatorial District is $3,240.

All first-time applicants for state scholarship aid, including students who plan to enroll in degree programs or college transfer programs at junior colleges or other colleges or universities, and students seeking to renew their state grant aid, must file their FAFSA by the May 1 deadline.

The application deadline for non-renewal students enrolling in community colleges, business or trade schools, nursing schools, or two-year programs that are not transferrable to another institution is August 1.

The FAFSA is used to determine if students qualify for almost all forms of need-based financial aid, including the Pennsylvania State Grant, federal Pell Grant, many scholarships and institutional awards and low-cost student loans.

Families can access the 2012-13 FAFSA and seek assistance completing the FAFSA online by visiting the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) website, or by calling Sen. Blake’s district office at (570) 207-2881.

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