Opinion: A Simplified FAFSA? Yes—and Yet, Not Yet

"Last week I sat in a room filled with enrollment management leaders from across the country. This group, which represents public and private, large and small colleges, accounts for hundreds of years assisting students and families with the admissions and financial aid process. They are knowledgeable, caring and forward-thinking professionals who place students first in a complex process. Yet, during a briefing on the new, simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, scheduled to be implemented next fall for students entering college in the fall of 2024, I found myself among a group with many questions and deep concerns about how well the new application will serve families," Inside Higher Ed writes.

... "First are some questions related to some big unknowns. How will these changes impact eligibility for financial aid—favorably and unfavorably? The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators launched a tool to enable colleges to do some stress testing of what FAFSA simplification may mean to current enrollment. The tool was designed to provide some sense of how student eligibility for financial aid may change. It provides the best test we have to identify who may get more or less financial aid because of the simplification."

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Publication Date: 3/13/2023

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