"On March 3, students looking to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) were met with a surprise: The online application’s data-retrieval tool, which helps to automatically enter information from their tax returns, had malfunctioned. Performing the process manually could take weeks," The Atlantic reports.
"'Justin Draeger, the president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, explained the extent of the problem to FedScoop. 'The entire application and verification processes are built on this IRS data-retrieval tool,' Draeger said. 'So for some students it is going to be a longer process and for other students it could lead to a lot of other headaches.'"
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Publication Date: 3/15/2017