MetroNews: W.Va. among top states with high FAFSA completions rates

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More West Virginia students are completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid so far this year compared to last year, according to a recent announcement from the National College Access Network.

West Virginia ranked 4th out of all 50 states for FAFSA completion, jumping from 10th place last year.

As of this month, 52 percent of West Virginia high school seniors completed a FAFSA.

“This really has been a collective effort and many folks around West Virginia have jumped in and wrapped their arms around this issue,” said Dr. Adam Green, vice chancellor of student affairs for the Higher Education Policy Commission. “It’s exciting.”

Green said he expects even more students to enroll in higher education come next fall.

“We have a goal of 60 percent of our students who will complete a FAFSA by September 1,” he said. “I’m very optimistic. Our schools are working hard. Our partners are working hard and our families are working hard.”

There were 37 high schools in the state who met or exceeded the state’s spring goal for increasing the number of 12th graders who complete the FAFSA.

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