Hundreds of thousands of students are missing out on free college aid because they are not completing a pesky federal form known as the Fafsa, a new analysis finds.
Roughly 1.7 million high school graduates didn’t file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid in the 2020-21 school year. And just under half of them — about 813,000 students — were eligible for federal Pell Grants aimed at low-income students, according to a report by the National College Attainment Network, a nonprofit group that works on behalf of low-income and minority students. The average grant, which doesn’t need to be repaid, would have been almost $4,500.
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