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Cardona Calls for FSA Changes, But Experts Say the Damage is Done


Diverse: Issues In Higher Education

FAFSA’s botched launch led to student financial aid delays, prompting Education Secretary Cardona’s eight-point modernization plan for Federal Student Aid (FSA). Despite approval of the plan, experts say it’s too late for current students, especially those from mixed-immigration backgrounds. FAFSA completions are down 14% nationally, with a 16.5% drop in schools with more minoritized students. Cardona’s plan includes a new COO, FSA operation system review, accountability structure adjustment, and a technology innovation team. Experts call for FSA and Education Department overhaul favoring communication and transparency.

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