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OPINION: I’m a college access professional. I had no idea filling out the new FAFSA would be so tough


The Hechinger Report

College access professional struggles with new FAFSA form, highlighting issues for students and families. Despite intent to simplify, “Better FAFSA” launch problematic, particularly for vulnerable students without parental SSN. Parents without SSNs required to obtain FSA ID, provide IRS tax information permission, causing difficulties. Event participation revealed completion challenges, even with professional experience. Counselor support remains crucial during FAFSA changes. Sharing updates, using social media, professional organizations, and reminding students of other necessary forms can aid process. Students must be aware of processing time, potential late financial aid packages, and importance of comparing offers. Advocacy crucial for enrollment deadline extensions. Despite difficulties, collective hard work, information-sharing, and support can help students succeed.

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