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Posted on: January 17, 2024

Governor Signs Singer Bill to Require Students to Complete Financial Aid Applications


“The student financial aid crisis is growing by the minute and students applying to colleges need all the assistance they can get,” said Sen. Singer (R-30). “When students receive more money through grants and scholarships, it helps them avoid taking on excessive loans that can take decades to repay. This requirement will help make applying to college less strenuous and ensure that students are more knowledgeable about the financial aid that is available to them.”

Key components of A-1181/S-2054 include: 

  • Requiring high school students, or their parent or guardian, to submit a financial aid application as a prerequisite to receive their high school diploma from a public or charter school. 
  • A student may be exempt from the requirement if they submit a signed waiver from their parent or guardian requesting an exemption or obtain appropriate authorization from their school counselor. Students that are at least 18 years old may submit an exemption request on their own.

These requirements, as prescribed under the bill, would begin with the 2023-2024 grade 11 class, and extend for the next two years thereafter. 

You can read the full version of the bill that was signed into law online. 

To speak with Sen. Singer about this legislation, please contact Chris Sivel, SRO Deputy Director of Communications at [email protected]

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