"The Department of Education will not be targeting its federal aid verification process for the 2022-23 award year, ending a temporary change put into place during the COVID-19 pandemic to alleviate challenges students face in accessing financial aid," Inside Higher Ed reports.
..."The announcement was met with opposition by stakeholders, who noted that the verification process often leads to lower FAFSA completions and college enrollment. Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and Kim Cook, CEO of the National College Attainment Network, called on the department to reverse its decision prior to the release of the 2022-23 FAFSA in October.
'Not extending these waivers for 2022-23 will have serious negative consequences for both students and schools,” Draeger said. “All of the reasons that ED cited for offering these waivers previously will continue to exist next year.'”
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Publication Date: 9/1/2021