COVID-19 Impacts FAFSA Completion as Deadlines are Extended

Amid all of the challenges facing college students this year due to COVID-19 related closings and cancellations, one of the major considerations for those already enrolled, or in the process of enrolling, is financial aid.

At this point in the school year, continuing students and incoming freshmen are in the process of filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or have already completed the application.

Some institutions had early deadlines, and others have a cutoff of May 1, although a number of colleges have announced delays because of the global health emergency. According to Dr. James Applegate, visiting professor at Illinois State University’s Center for the Study of Education Policy, there is a need for involvement from the federal level to allow the FAFSA information to be updated.

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