Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Massachusetts has concentrated renewed investments in education in order to create opportunities across the Commonwealth for  and close the education achievement gap ; andd

Whereas As a result of the Administration’s strategic investments in education and innovation, and cutting-edge education reform efforts like the Achievement Gap Act of 2010, the Commonwealth’s students perform at the top in national, and in some cases, international assessments of academic achievement. ; and

Whereas Every family applying for college financial aid needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and send it to their prospective colleges and universities ;and

Whereas The FAFSA is required to be eligible for federal student aid programs, such as Pell grants, Stafford, Perkins and PLUS loans, and federal work-study programs in addition to states and colleges that use FASFA information to award financial aid packages; and

Whereas Massachusetts FAFSA Day will play host to more than 30 events in cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth for ‘College Goal Sunday’ that will assist students and their families in submitting the necessary documents to apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim January 26, 2013 to be


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty fourth day of January, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts