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The FAFSA Fiasco’s Forgotten Students

 

New FAFSA form’s technical issues and changes, including two-parent verification, cause difficulties for current students like Axel Valencia, a first-generation student and child of undocumented immigrants. Valencia faced website shutdowns and inability to add his father as a second signatory. Despite the focus on improving completion rates for first-year applicants, current students also struggle with the new form, potentially affecting their continued financial aid and fall semester plans. Many students are unaware of the changes, and the process is taking longer than before. Concerns rise about potential enrollment dips, especially among low-income and first-generation students.

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