- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Fewer than half of Wyoming high school graduates apply for federal aid to attend college.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1TajC0l ) that according to a report by personal finance website NerdWallet, 58 percent of Wyoming graduates did not complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Of the more than 3,000 students who did not complete the FAFSA, almost 1,200 likely would have qualified for a Pell grant, a federal grant that does not have to be repaid.

NerdWallet Senior Data Analyst Victoria Simons says students should apply even if they don’t believe they will qualify for aid and that filling out the application may help students decide if they actually want to apply to college.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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