FAFSA Students will face these issues for 2024-25

A revised version of the federal financial aid application was intended to simplify the procedure for students to obtain college funding. On the other hand, a rough rollout can push some students even farther behind, as representatives from three local universities told Signal Cleveland.

Issues for FAFSA students

Three colleges in Northeast Ohio that handle admissions claim that the FAFSA—the updated federal financial aid application—remains chaotic.

Three colleges in Northeast Ohio that handle admissions claim that the FAFSA—the updated federal financial aid application—remains chaotic.

An updated version of the form was provided by the U.S. Department of Education in December of last year. It was accompanied by a number of difficulties and delays, one of which was the length of time it required for institutions to obtain the financial information of students and their families.

As a result, it took longer for students to receive the crucial information they needed to decide, like financial aid packets that detailed how much they would need to pay for classes. Many institutions as well as students have fallen behind schedule as a result.

Only 42% of 2024 high school graduates, according to national data, had finished the form, a 14% decrease from the previous year. Ohio students have filed roughly 57,215 FAFSAs. That is over 13% less than it was in 2023 at the same time.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, was redesigned with the intention of making it easier for applicants to be considered for financial aid for college.

Rather, it’s pushing some students even farther behind, according to representatives from three local universities who speak with Signal Cleveland.

Despite this, Kent State University notes that two significant numbers have dropped from the previous year.

Additionally, administrators at Baldwin Wallace University rescheduled the date by which prospective students must submit a deposit to secure a spot at the institution from May 1 to June 15. Vice President Schulz says even that timetable isn’t set in stone.

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