Treasure Valley mayors, higher education leaders and other members of the Treasure Valley Education Partnership held a proclamation event on Feb. 9 to declare February as FAFSA Completion Month.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form the federal government, states and colleges use to award financial aid for postsecondary education.

Local mayors and county commissioners signed the proclamation in an effort to create awareness in the Treasure Valley about FAFSA funding for high school seniors wanting to continue their education, according to a press release from the Treasure Valley Education Partnership.

Ninety percent of high school seniors who complete a FAFSA proceed directly on to postsecondary education, according to the release.

“Completing (the FAFSA) is that first important step and something that can perhaps make a profound impact on their future” stated Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd.

With deadlines approaching, the FAFSA can be completed at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Families are encouraged to contact their student’s high school for possible FAFSA completion workshops.

The Treasure Valley Education Partnership is a community partnership of school districts, educators, nonprofit organizations, businesses, higher education institutions, and government agencies working together to help support children every step of the way. For more information about FAFSA support, contact idahotvep@gmail.com

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