As Colleges Receive FAFSA Records, Some Ask: ‘How Do We Trust This Data?’

"After months of vexing delays, Brenda Buzynski was eager to see the data from federal financial aid forms start coming in. Finally, the University of Iowa administrator thought, she could begin creating aid officers for thousands of students," The Washington Post reports.

Karen McCarthy, vice president of public policy and federal relations at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, said the trade group alerted the Education Department last week after learning about the tax errors and is waiting for more answers.

'It’s like radio silence from the department, other than ‘we received the complaints and are looking into them,’ McCarthy said, though she understands that the agency needs time to do more research and come up with a plan.

Still, McCarthy worries that, without more communication from the Education Department, colleges that lack the resources or capacity to closely analyze FAFSA records may just assume that what they have received from the agency is accurate.

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Publication Date: 3/31/2024

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