Colleges Won’t Get FAFSA Data Until March, Delaying Financial Aid Offers

"U.S. colleges and universities won’t receive students’ applications for financial aid until at least March, the Education Department alerted yesterday, as NBC reported," Ed Source reports.

..."But a glitchy rollout of a new, purportedly simplified FAFSA form led to students’ being unable to access applications until the first week of 2024. The department confirmed this month that it had failed to update its tables in light of inflation.

'On the very day that schools were expecting FAFSA applicant information, they were instead notified by the U.S. Department of Education that they shouldn’t expect to receive that data until March, at the earliest,' said Justin Draeger, the president of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, NBC reported. 'These continued delays, communicated at the last minute, threaten to harm the very students and families that federal student aid is intended to help.'"

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Publication Date: 2/1/2024

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