Superintendent's Blog

  • State of Illinois requires FAFSA filing for high school graduation

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 12/6/2019 1:00:00 PM

    For the past two months, the principals, administrators and counselors at each of our high schools have been working diligently to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Guiding our high school senior students to the FAFSA application and helping them through the process has been an emphasis at Peoria Public Schools for years, and one that will be emphasized statewide starting next year.


    The State of Illinois has mandated that completing and filing a FAFSA is now a graduation requirement for high school seniors to receive their diploma. A similar requirement was passed by Louisiana state legislators several years ago, causing its FAFSA completion rate among high school seniors to jump to 87 percent, the highest of any state in the country. In Illinois, only 67 percent of high school seniors completed a FAFSA last year.


    FAFSA remains a critical tool to any family who is trying to pay for their student to attend college, particularly so for underrepresented groups and those living below the poverty line. Affording college tuition can seem impossible, but FAFSA provides real opportunities to make college affordable.


    The FAFSA application window opened in October and is free to complete. And it’s not too late to fill one out – families who are reading this and have not done so should sit down this holiday season to discuss. If you need any assistance, reach out to the principal of your high school for help.

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  • Peoria Public Schools to host renowned speaker for a workshop on Gratitude

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 12/4/2019 12:00:00 PM

    The Gratitude Effect Workshop flyer

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