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Governor Murphy Signs Legislation Requiring High School Students to Complete Financial Aid Applications


January 16, 2024 | nj.gov









Photo Credit:  Gov. Phil Murphy (Edwin J. Torres/ Governor's Office)




Governor Phil Murphy today (1/16) signed A1181/S2054 to make the completion of a financial aid application form a prerequisite to graduation for public high school and charter school students in New Jersey. Beginning with the 2023-2024 11th grade class, and for two school years thereafter, students and their guardians will be required to complete and submit either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the NJ Alternative Financial Aid Application, as guided by the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), in order to receive their high school diploma. The information on a student’s financial aid application is used to notify them of any financial aid they are eligible to receive if they pursue a postsecondary education.



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NJ SEED: (Note: This new law is on top of the requirement that in order to graduate from high school, New Jersey students must complete 2.5 credits (equivalent to a half-year) in Financial, Economic Business, and Entrepreneurial Business Literacy.

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