Colleges, students and states reeling from FAFSA setbacks

Posted on AllSides February 12th, 2024
From The Left
Julia Rendleman for The Washington Post

In nearly three decades of working at colleges, Brad Barnett had seen scores of students get tripped up by the clunky old federal financial aid form, with its daunting array of questions and complicated formulas.

A revamped Free Application for Federal Student Aid — a shorter, simpler version of its infamous predecessor — promised an easier path for students to access more money to pay for college when it debuted in late December.

“We’ve wanted this for years,” said Barnett, the director of financial aid at James Madison University in Virginia....

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