Financial aid requests up 20 percent - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Financial aid requests up 20 percent

OLYMPIA, Wash. - State officials say they are seeing a big increase in financial aid requests from Washington residents this year.

Families have filled out 20 percent more financial forms for the 2009-10 academic year than they turned in last year and it's not too late to apply for next year.

John Klacik of the state's Higher Education Coordinating Board says every year some students miss out on financial aid because they incorrectly assume they are not eligible. One form gives families access to state and federal aid.

The state Legislature set aside an extra $16 million for financial aid for the next two years to offset expected tuition increases at state universities of about 14 percent a year.

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