NASFAA Mention: Opinion: Let's Make the FAFSA Required for a High-School Diploma, to Increase College Enrollment — and More Counselors Wouldn’t Hurt Either

"Here’s an idea worth pursuing: Make every U.S. high school student complete a FAFSA before graduating, to move more students toward college. Here are two more: Hire more school counselors, and simplify the forms for federal aid," The Hechinger Report said. 

"While it is commonly agreed that the FAFSA’s financial reporting should be easier, we recommend three specific changes to the process. To make the verification process more equitable, we should expand data-sharing between the U.S. Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service so that students can verify their need through their participation in other means-tested federal programs. This proposal is touted by organizations like the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators." 

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Publication Date: 11/6/2019

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