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‘Worse than COVID’: 41% fewer Texas students completed FAFSA this year

The revamped FAFSA’s delays and technical roadblocks have led to less students submitting the application. Experts expect a steep decline in college enrollment in the fall.

By Marcela Rodrigues

1:21 PM on Apr 18, 2024 CDT — Updated at 1:27 PM on Apr 18, 2024 CDTLISTEN

Texas saw one of the most dramatic drops in high schoolers completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as the nation contends with a rocky rollout of the new FAFSA.

In the Dallas area, schools experienced significant decreases – some of them as large as 30 percentage-point drops, according to an analysis of federal data by The Dallas Morning News. In Dallas ISD, for example, only about 35% of seniors completed the form by April 5 compared to over 60% last year, according to the federal data.

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