Connecticut Governor: Legislation to Increase Postsecondary Enrollment

Connecticut Governor: Legislation to Increase Postsecondary Enrollment

Governor Lamont Announces Legislation Focused on Increasing Postsecondary Enrollment and Success Among Connecticut Students

HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he plans to introduce legislation during the 2021 regular session of the Connecticut General Assembly with the goal of increasing postsecondary enrollment and success across Connecticut, particularly among first-generation, low-income, and minority students.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, postsecondary enrollment has decreased across Connecticut and the country as a whole.  Data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that Connecticut experienced a 3.5 percentage point decline in college enrollment from 2019 levels, which ranks 23rd of the 50 states in terms of the largest percentage point decline.  Similarly, FAFSA completion among high school seniors is down 8 percent compared to this time last year.

“Increasing postsecondary enrollment and success, particularly among first-generation, low-income, and minority students, is good for students and our state’s economy,” Governor Lamont said.  “We must prioritize postsecondary enrollment so that our students are earning degrees and credentials that get them into the workforce and contributing to Connecticut’s economy.  These students represent our future, and the stakes are too high if we do not act now to mitigate these losses even further.”

Governor Lamont’s proposal will include the following key initiatives focused on increasing postsecondary enrollment across Connecticut, particularly among first-generation, low-income, and minority students:

  • Requiring completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, a similar state form for students who are undocumented, or a waiver in order for students to graduate from high school in Connecticut;
    Louisiana instituted a similar completion requirement and saw a 25 percent increase in FAFSA completion across the state in that same year.

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