Increasing student financial aid legislation clears the first hurdle

A bill that would require high school students to complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) paperwork before graduation has passed the House Education Committee.

House Bill 126, a law to improve access to higher education, would raise awareness of costs and opportunities for assistance when students plan to continue their education after high school.

Representative Regina Huff, the sponsor of House Bill 126, said the bill was needed to help as many students as possible learn about the financial resources available to them if they want to continue their education.

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce public affairs director John Hughes testified with Rep. Huff in support of the legislation and said the bill could help ease Kentucky’s labor crisis. ensuring that families are aware of all their options for higher education.

Hughes noted that Louisiana was the first state to require FAFSA completion, and the state saw its rates rise from 51% to 77% in the first year.

The bill contains an opt-out provision to make it optional for students and parents.

House Bill 126 now moves to the House floor.

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