Financial aid on the rise

Iaya Baycot, Contributing Photo Editor

Thanks to the all the students who participated in FAFSA, the percentage Joliet West had jumped from 28.5 to 44.7 since last year. The students have been working really hard on trying to get money and hopefully in the long run, grants. Nationwide it shows that the seniors who participated in FASFA raised the percentage to 1.3 percent.  FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or government money.

This helps determine whether or not the students are eligible for financial aid when the get to college. Having financial aid in college helps with books and any other expenses that a student and/or its parents/ guardians can’t afford. Student Commission Representative Cody Dailey says,” The percentage of Joliet West High School seniors who completed the FAFSA prior to March 6 increased from 47.9 percent in 2012-2013, to 49.8 percent in 2013-2014.”

This shows that so far each year the numbers are rising which means more and more students are applying each year.  What FAFSA is doing is helping students, not just Joliet West High School students, but students nationwide, help pay for college. This is good for the future of our country and the future of other kids lives. JTHS students and parents who would like assistance with career or college planning and financial aid assistance are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dailey.

“If students or parents have any questions, or would like to meet with me, I recommend that they contact me. I am always here to assist families with college planning or financial aid,” said Dailey. Joliet West hopes that in the future FAFSA continues to help their students get through college, start life on the right path, and not let the generation they live in now define who they could grow up and be because Joliet West believes “we can change” and we will change the future