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Pritzker fact check: College applications up because high schools now require them




Gov. J.B. Pritzker recently boasted Illinois was No. 1 for growth in high school applications for college aid. He failed to mention state law now makes students complete the application if they want to graduate. 

Gov. J.B Pritzker is touting Illinois’ top increase in the percentage of high school students completing federal college aid applications, but he doesn’t bother mentioning they had no choice.

“Last year, only 3 states in the nation actually increased their high school FAFSA completion rates year over year. Who took the top slot? Illinois!” Pritzker tweeted March 3.

The growth is really attributed to a new state law requiring Illinois students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to graduate. The 2020-2021 school year was the first impacted by the mandate.



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  1. This is a big mistake false expectations not everyone is meant to go to college we have to stop this please! Half of my 20s was spent going to community college with remedial courses because of this everyone goes to college crap so I can end up becoming a truck driver.

  2. My wife tutors at a junior college.
    A handful of those who sign up for tutoring actually show up for it, most never do.
    I believe their parents push them to go to college when they are’t mentally mature enough for it. Those that DO show up are usually older students who have been in the work force for a few years, and are ready to advance their educations for prospects of better jobs.

  3. College trains you how to work for someone else.
    I worked in a white-collar office job for four years after college.
    I got fat, and also sick…sick of office politics.
    Nick, I ended up being a truck driver for twenty-five years, with no “boss’ breathing down my neck and second-guessing my decisions.
    Best years of my working life.