Dealing With FAFSA Glitches and Confusion? Here’s What You Can Do

"The redesigned 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available around the clock, following a weeklong soft launch, during which the form was open for as little as 30 minutes a day. Although the new form is simpler and shorter, students and families are still contending with technical glitches, changed processes and confusing questions," NerdWallet reports.

... "'There is not a huge rush on filling it out today versus tomorrow,' says Karen McCarthy, vice president of public policy and federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. 'So it is possible to come back in a few days, and hopefully, some of these glitches will be worked out by that point in time.'"

... "Even if you make a correction later on, it won’t change the submission time stamp on your FAFSA, McCarthy says. This could be important for students applying for financial aid that is first come, first served or that has an early application deadline."

"'If a correction is made on January 30, that application date is not updated to January 30. It still records when the FAFSA was initially filed,' McCarthy says."

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Publication Date: 1/11/2024

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