In Wake of Hiccups and Tight Deadlines, Feds Beef Up Supports for Fledgling FAFSA

"The newly designed Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, intended to streamline the user experience and offer more aid to a broader pool of applicants, has been branded the 'Better FAFSA,'" Education Week reports.

..."Cardona outlined some immediate actions the department is taking to improve the FAFSA experience. It has launched, a new resource that provides tips on how to complete and submit the 2024–25 FAFSA form. Other supports shared Monday are aimed at colleges reviewing the forms.

These new resources will help deploy federal personnel and expertise to help colleges prepare and process financial aid forms. That support is expected to target Historically Black Colleges and Universities, tribal colleges and universities, and colleges that are lower-resourced; establish a concierge service within the office of Federal Student Aid to connect “a broad set” of colleges with financial aid experts for personalized support; and allocate $50 million in federal funding to nonprofit groups such as the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Partnership for Education Advancement to support immediate recruitment of financial aid professionals to support under-resourced colleges."

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Publication Date: 2/5/2024

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