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GRCC sees 44% increase in FAFSA applications; nation, state see decline

Posted at 8:17 PM, Feb 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 21:05:41-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Fewer and fewer students across the country are applying for financial aid each year, but the opposite is happening at Grand Rapids Community College.

“We know nationwide and statewide, FAFSA completion is down right now," Associate Dean of Enrollment Management Ann Isackson said.

GRCC says they're seeing a dramatic increase in financial aid applicants--up as much as 44% from this time a year ago. They credit the increase in FAFSA applicants to multiple things, including The Grand Rapids Promise and Governor Whitmer's programs to give free college to frontline workers.

The school also says their various options for helping students also contribute to the increase in applications.

READ MORE: GRCC helping students with financial aid, grants and free tuition programs

People interested in FAFSA help can contact GRCC by phone at 616-234-4030; email at; text 616-219-8224; or virtually or in person by appointment.

“Just know that by completing your financial aid, 30-60 minutes, you can go from college being your dream, to it being a reality,” Isackson said.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

RELATED: GRCC accepts 2,900 workers through Futures for Frontliners program

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