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Oklahoma wants more students to fill out FAFSA

Federal Student Aid

Completing the Federal Application for Student Aid – commonly called the FAFSA – is important for students who want help paying for college.

Oklahoma’s State Regents for Higher Education are trying to get more students to apply.

"We encourage high school seniors and our current college students to complete the new FAFSA as soon as it becomes available, as some types of state and federal financial aid are awarded to eligible students on a first-come, first-served basis," Chancellor Allison Garrett said in a news release. "Students who complete the FAFSA have access to numerous state and federal scholarships, grants, and work-study programs."

There’s no firm deadline for applying for the FAFSA, but Oklahoma’s higher ed governing agency is calling on students to get their application as soon as possible.

Last year, only 42 percent of Oklahoma high school seniors completed the form. That was a modest increase from 2021, but the state still ranked sixth from the bottom for completing the application.

You can complete the 2023-24 FAFSA online at StudentAid.gov. For more information, visit Oklahoma College Assistance Program’s website startwithfafsa.org.

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Robby Korth grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Nebraska with a journalism degree.
StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. It's a reporting project and collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU, with broadcasts heard on NPR Member stations.
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