The deadline for filling out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is fast approaching, and every, fewer and fewer students apply for financial aid.
Millions of dollars are still on the table and tens of thousands of Pell grants have gone unclaimed in the state of California. The LA Times reports that the number of students who have applied for financial aid to college under the California Dream Act has seen a significant decline. Politicians and financial aid officials believe the stark decrease in DREAMers applying for financial aid is tied to the increased presence of immigration enforcement officials. The rhetoric coming from President Donald Trump and his hardline stance on immigration isn’t helping the decrease in applicants, Lupita Cortez Alcalá, executive director of the California Student Aid Commission told LA Times.
“I believe that students are not filing because they’re afraid to file,” Cortez Alcalá told the LA Times.
According to Pew Research Center, Latino enrollment in college has increased steadily since 2000 while high school dropout rates have declined dramatically.
Pew Research Center also found that Latinos are less likely than other groups to take on student debt, making the grants offered by L.A. Cash For College more important, since grants typically don’t require you to pay them back.
The deadline to apply through L.A. Cash For College is March 2. So go on, get that money and get your higher education!
Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times by clicking here.
Learn more about the FAFSA by clicking here. ??