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‘Very unpredictable’: Colleges fear FAFSA fiasco will hurt enrollment

 

Higher Education – The Washington Post

Mount Saint Mary’s University’s progress disrupted by new federal financial aid form rollout, causing 7% drop in student deposits. The flawed debut of the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) threatens college enrollment recovery post-pandemic, potentially causing budget shortfalls and financial instability, especially for institutions relying heavily on tuition and serving low-income students. FAFSA completions remain below last year’s, impacting enrollment numbers, especially at schools with high percentages of Black, Latino, and low-income students. The situation is particularly dire for students from mixed-immigration-status households. The Education Department is working on a permanent solution.

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