"At Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, college counselor Lynda McGee talked about a 'heartbreaking' case. A senior at the school, a U.S. citizen with grades strong enough to get into college, couldn't get her parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, before the March 2 deadline, said McGee. The FAFSA is the gateway to nearly all financial aid," KPPC reports.
"'Her parents ... are from the Philippines and they are … in process to get their green cards now,' she said. 'And they’re afraid that if she applies for financial aid it will somehow cause a problem with their application and I tried to convince them that that was not true.'
The FAFSA requires students and their parents to reveal their immigration status, the state of their finances and any public benefits they may have used.
The U.S. Department of Education collects the information but doesn’t share it with immigration authorities. A lot of people don’t known that, and their fears are heightened by the Trump administration’s tough anti-immigrant policies.
Milon said the rules governing the FAFSA shouldn’t be so strict, and exemptions should be made for students in her situation. Counselors and national financial aid experts don’t see things changing anytime soon. The current process may be imperfect, they said, but it achieves the goal of measuring a parent's ability to pay for a child's higher education.
'The idea is that we’re trying to divvy up a limited source of funding in a fair and equitable way,' said Draeger of the financial aid administrators association. 'The way that we do that is we try to take into account income and resources of all of the applicants.'"
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Publication Date: 3/20/2018