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The number of Texas high school seniors filling out the federal financial aid application for college, known as FAFSA, is down so far from last year, a sign worrying state higher education leaders that the COVID-19 pandemic is still disrupting many students’ pathway to college.
According to the National College Attainment Network’s FAFSA tracker, just 24% of Texas seniors have filled out the vital financial aid application as of November 20, a 14.6% decline compared to the same time last year.
Preliminary enrollment data from the state shows this fall’s college enrollment was down 3%, or more than 47,000 students, primarily among community colleges.
The enrollment and application data was discussed at a Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board press conference, where officials said they