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As we prepare to celebrate the birthday of America’s greatest president, his wisdom can help Hoosier youth prepare for an important deadline vital to their academic and economic opportunities.

We remember Abraham Lincoln for ending slavery; and as the Wall Street Journal recently noted, Lincoln believed in economic opportunity for all people. The American economic system, Lincoln said, provides freedom and liberty to support yourself and pursue prosperity.

“This is the just and generous and prosperous system which opens the way to all, gives hope to all,” Lincoln stated. One historian describes Lincoln’s belief in economic liberty that is uniquely American as “the right to rise.”

The right to rise.

Hoosier students are exercising that right as they prepare to meet the March 1 deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the standard application for postsecondary financial aid. The FAFSA is fundamental because education after high school is essential to rise in the 21st century economy.

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