A Better Mid-South: Informing students about FAFSA - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

A Better Mid-South: Informing students about FAFSA

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Editorial by WMC Action News 5 General Manager Tracey Rogers:

Earlier this week, I talked about the situation where students were missing out on the Tennessee Promise program because they had failed to fill out their FAFSA federal student aid form.

Several people took exception that I put some of the responsibility on school guidance counselors to make sure these students know what FAFSA is and that they must apply for it.

I have personally filled out the FAFSA application three times. Once for myself, once for my son, and once for a family friend whose family was going through a difficult time.

In my experience, there are gaps in our school system that leave some students with little information about what they need to do.

But, I was so encouraged to hear from several school counselors who were extremely passionate about their students and outlined what they do to make sure their students know about FAFSA.

That was quite refreshing.

Doing all we can — parents, school guidance counselors, family friends — to make sure our students have all the information they need to get into college will make this A Better Mid-South.

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