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Virginia offers students free help applying for financial aid

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Virginia’s governor says the state is offering free help to students and their families to apply for college financial aid.

Gov. Ralph Northam’s office said in a statement Monday that the coronavirus pandemic has lead to a decline in completion rates of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

Students and families can go to to schedule a virtual meeting until June 30.

Virginia has seen 4,300 fewer high school seniors complete the FAFSA. That’s a drop of nearly 10 percent compared to last year. The decline also mirrors the nine percent drop in FAFSA completion rates across the country.