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Students With Undocumented Parents Have Hit a FAFSA Road Block. Here Are 3 Options


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“Better FAFSA” 2024-25, aimed at improving user experience and expanding aid, faces delays and glitches, particularly affecting “mixed status” applicants (dependents with a contributor lacking a Social Security number). These applicants struggle to complete the online form or receive confirmation for paper applications. The Education Department promises resolutions by mid-March. However, delays risk financial aid access, especially for students of color and those with unauthorized immigrant parents. Current options include waiting for a solution, using a workaround that requires resubmission, or completing a paper form, each with its own pros and cons.

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