Students Voice Concerns over FAFSA Delays this Year

By Andreas Fanos on April 17, 2024

It can be nerve-wracking having to apply to schools and keep up with everything else that is going on. It can be much having to look out for deadlines and think if they fulfill all the necessary requirements. At the end of the day, many students surely want their top choices to accept them.

This year has wrought its own set of challenges as students have voiced out how stressful it has been to fill out the FAFSA and certain other things that made it more troublesome. The FAFSA is something students have to fill out to get aid and scholarships from schools and see if they are eligible. This year, FAFSA made some mistakes with the rollout of their new application and it has caused significant delays in the process.

According to an article from CNN, students are given their aid by the end of March, however, some students have still not received an offer going into April. The reason for the delays is the time it took to have it up and running and the glitches in the system.

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As a result, this could cause some problems for students who need aid before accepting an offer to a college. Students are stressed about whether they will be able to get a letter stating how much tuition and other costs will come up to in total along with their acceptance letter and how much they will have to pay. One student named Chase Cunningham chose Morehouse College because it was his top choice and he valued the prestige of the college. However, it is the most expensive out of the others, and he paid the deposit without getting information on how much he will owe for the year due to the FAFSA delays.

Other fellow students reached out to voice their concerns about being in the gray zone and not knowing how much they would have to pay due to all the delays. One student is worried about not being able to make any changes to the app until the week of April 15. It can be so stressful to just apply to schools and wait to see if they will accept or not, but not knowing how much in scholarships and financial aid adds another element of unpredictability.

With all of the rising costs and people working to get back on their feet post-COVID, choosing to go to a school that will give the least amount of debt serves as a game changer. One student credited in the article wants to not owe a lot of money during their undergraduate studies because she wants to go to law school which will come with a hefty price tag and a decent amount of debt. Changes in the FAFSA for this year have caused some problems for many students as they await their offer letters.

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