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Frustrations with FAFSA linger as groups rush to get students to apply

 

Higher Education – The Washington Post

Sami Saeed, a high school senior, faced delays in his federal financial aid application due to an error, causing uncertainty about his college enrollment. His experience reflects the challenges students face with the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) due to technical glitches and processing delays. The stakes are high as financial aid can determine college enrollment for millions of students. FAFSA completion rates have dropped significantly, particularly in schools with majority Black and Hispanic students. The Education Department is working to encourage more students to complete the FAFSA and has processed over 800,000 corrections since April. However, students with undocumented parents still face difficulties in completing the form. The department is yet to start processing paper applications, adding to the challenges

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