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OPINION: School counselors can’t undo the FAFSA mess on their own. We need a national movement right now

 

The Hechinger Report

FAFSA filings are 30% behind due to a difficult revised process, risking loss of students from higher education. The delay in FAFSA data to institutions could impact the nation’s future workforce and economic stability. A national movement is needed to help students complete FAFSA. The new process is causing delays in financial aid offers, with looming school decision deadlines. Extending deadlines and providing support is crucial. The FAFSA rollout has impacted school counseling, with many unable to work into the summer due to contract negotiations. A call for school counselor contract extensions has been made. Cooperation and grace are needed to navigate this crisis.

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