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Immigrant Families Concerned About College Financial Aid



Last Updated on March 17, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

Many Parents Facing Delays and Glitches with FAFSA Submission Process

Parents like Alma Rodriguez are experiencing frustration and delays while trying to submit their child’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online. The updated FAFSA system, which was intended to streamline the application process, has caused more problems for some applicants.

Reports indicate a 35% lag in FAFSA submissions compared to last year, leading to delays in financial aid packets from the government and schools. Some parents have had to turn to support groups, such as Spanish-speaking Facebook groups, to navigate the application process.

Parents without Social Security numbers have faced difficulties creating an online account with the Federal Student Aid office, hindering their ability to submit the application. Additionally, some households have struggled to find interpreters at the Federal Student Aid office for assistance.

While some issues have been resolved, others are still causing delays for families eagerly awaiting financial aid decisions. The Department of Education is working to resolve ongoing issues with the FAFSA system.

Parents like Elizabeth Ortiz are facing challenges in submitting the FAFSA form, potentially impacting their child’s ability to attend college next fall. Despite the setbacks, parents and students are advised to stay patient as officials continue to work on fixing the system for a smoother application process.

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