Major FAFSA Overhaul Will Be Delayed by a Year, Education Department Says

"The Biden administration has notified Congress that it needs more time to implement a bipartisan law overhauling how students apply for federal financial aid, citing challenges with decades-old technology at the Education Department," Politico reports. 

..."Justin Draeger, president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, praised the early implementation of those provisions but lamented the postponement of the new FAFSA. He said in a statement that the group was 'disappointed that some changes that will benefit students will be delayed for one additional year, until the 2024-25 school year.'

Draeger added that it was important for the Education Department to move quickly but also carefully on implementing the sweeping changes to the student aid application process.

'These changes cannot come soon enough,' he said. 'But of equal importance is that changes to the form be done in an orderly way to ensure there are no disruptions to the application cycle for students or schools.'"

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Publication Date: 6/11/2021

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