Why a Temporary FAFSA Fix for Students With Undocumented Parents Isn’t a Full-Fledged Solution

"The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday announced a temporary workaround for students who’ve been unable to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, because one or more of their parents lack a Social Security number. But the nine-step process will stoke more confusion and frustration, some college-access experts predict. And mixed-status families must keep waiting until early March, at the soonest, for a permanent solution to the problem that has launched 1,000 headaches," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. 

... "Justin Draeger, president and chief executive of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said in a written statement that his organization appreciated the department’s efforts to provide an interim solution. 'But this interim solution — which will be confusing and burdensome to many — must not distract us from the need to stay squarely focused on a permanent fix, which the department has promised by the first half of March.' Any further delays in the FAFSA process, he said, 'would be disastrous for both students and schools.'"

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Publication Date: 2/21/2024

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