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Colleges Are Facing an Enrollment Nightmare


The Atlantic

FAFSA simplification efforts led to complications, delaying college enrollment for many students. The form’s launch was postponed, technical glitches locked users out, and incorrect aid calculations were reported. The Department of Education’s backlog and high error rates in submitted forms further delayed aid announcements, affecting students’ enrollment decisions. The number of high-school seniors submitting FAFSA dropped by 31% compared to last year, potentially affecting 600,000 students. Experts predict a decline in college attendance, especially among low-income students. The FAFSA rollout’s issues are attributed to insufficient public sector investment, government incompetence, and the Biden administration’s multiple priorities. Despite the issues, experts believe the new FAFSA will ultimately benefit low-income students.

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