Governor declares emergency over problems with federal college financial aid program

Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for higher education because of ongoing problems with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly called FAFSA.

His declaration seemed to be a symbolic gesture about ongoing problems with the federal financial aid program as well as an approach to streamlining West Virginia’s part of the process.

Justice described a 40% decline in FAFSA completion for West Virginia high school students.

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