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Tag: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Study Shows Decline in Federal Student Aid Filings from Potential College First-Years in California
Federal student aid applications from potential college first-year students in California fell 14% between mid-March and mid-August of 2020, after the onset of the COVID-19 crisis last March, according to a recent study published in Educational Researcher. University of Missouri (UM) public affairs professor Oded Gurantz and UM PhD student Christopher Wielga served as the […]
February 11, 2021
How to Get More Money for College
As a journalist who has covered college admission for many years, I’ve seen firsthand how students and families struggle to make sense of the financial aid award letters they get from colleges.
February 19, 2019
Asian American Pacific Islander
A Lottery for Harvard and Other Elite Schools?
As we wait for the judge’s decision, one interesting essay has been published in Quartz by Natasha Warikoo, an associate professor of education at Harvard. Warikoo suggests Harvard save time, money and anxiety by running a lottery. That’s right. A lottery.
January 11, 2019
HEA Reauthorization Can Reduce the Equity Gaps that Persist for Students of Color
A new Congress presents a new opportunity to restart the process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA). Policymakers must reauthorize HEA with a focus on equity because students of color are still struggling to enroll, persist and complete postsecondary education. HEA can help alleviate these barriers by implementing policies that provide students of color the support they need to earn their postsecondary degree or credential. It is time for a comprehensive HEA bill to better serve today’s students, especially students of color.
December 3, 2018
Department of Education Launches New App Making it “Easier” to Fill out FAFSA
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Senate Education Committee chairman Lamar Alexander R-Tenn showed Sevier County High School students and local guidance counselors how to use the new myStudentAid mobile app. “Filling out the [Free Application for Federal Student Aid] FAFSA is now easier than ever before,” DeVos said. “For the first time, students […]
November 14, 2018
Report: Counselors Need Better Training to Help Students Apply to Colleges
Confusing wording on financial aid documents, not enough access to school counselors along with the limited knowledge of the counselors they can access, are just some of the barriers facing low-income and first-generation students needing critical information about college financing options, according to a new report.
September 20, 2018
Education Secretary DeVos Praises Senate Action on FAFSA Legislation
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has praised a Senate committee for moving forward with legislation to simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
November 28, 2017
College Access Group Sees Surge in FAFSA Applications
The percentage of high school seniors who by June 30 had filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — better known as the FAFSA — reached a new high level this year after several years of decline, according to new data compiled by the National College Access Network.
July 12, 2017
FAFSA Hacker Targeted Trump Tax Info
The person accused of a 2016 attempt to use a web-based FAFSA tool to illegally obtain taxpayer information is a longtime Louisiana-based private investigator who used the tool to target then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, court records obtained by Diverse show.
May 21, 2017
Title IV Funds Withheld from 5 Campuses in Puerto Rico During Strike
Adding to the University of Puerto Rico’s financial woes, the Department of Education has rescinded the eligibility of five of the system’s 11 campuses for Title IV programs due to the ongoing student strike.
May 17, 2017
FAFSA Data Breach Hearing Produces Drama on Hill
Republican lawmakers excoriated IRS and U.S. Department of Education officials at a lengthy hearing on a security breach that led to the shutdown of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool — an online tool that makes it easier for students to apply for federal financial aid and student loans.
May 3, 2017
HUD Helping Students in Public Housing with FAFSA
Students in public housing in nine cities are set to get “education navigators” to help them fill out the often onerous form known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
December 9, 2016
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