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How the Biden Administration Messed Up FAFSA


The Atlantic

FAFSA’s new rollout, aimed at simplifying the application and increasing Pell Grant access, faced issues, causing student aid disruptions. Inaccurate IRS data led to incorrect aid amounts, with the Department of Education initially only reprocessing applications with under-awarded aid. Despite complaints, the department allowed institutions to use old forms if they didn’t want to wait for reprocessing. The new FAFSA, delayed until December, miscalculated aid by nearly $2 billion. The Department of Education’s ambitious agenda, missed deadlines, communication breakdowns, and inadequate funding contributed to the issues. Despite warnings about the timeline and manpower needed, the department proceeded with the overhaul. The Biden administration’s other priorities, like student-debt cancellation, also

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