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FAFSA rollout means fewer students will enroll in college next year


Education Policy | Brookings

College Signing Day 2024 is different due to challenges with the new FAFSA, causing many colleges to delay their decision date. The FAFSA Simplification Act aimed to simplify the aid application process, but its rollout has been plagued by delays. FAFSA completions have increased recently, but are still down compared to last year, especially among lower-income students. The FAFSA is crucial for accessing federal aid, and without it, students may miss out on millions of dollars in aid. States and colleges are developing alternative strategies to award aid without the FAFSA, but the decline in federal aid will still pose challenges. The FAFSA rollout may lead to a decline in college enrollment in fall 2024, similar to the…

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