A Day (and a Program) to Apply for Financial Aid

Despite recent cosmetic changes, it is still very difficult for students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) . For more than two decades College Goal Sunday has relied on volunteers to help low-income high school students complete the form. According to an article in Youth Today:

The program – which kicks into high gear around Super Bowl Sunday [thus the name] and continues through late spring as state financial aid deadlines loom – is meant to help youths overcome two major barriers to higher education: the lack of money for college and the complexity of the federal student aid form.

The program is positioning itself to play a key role in efforts by the federal government and various foundations meant to “double the numbers” of college graduates in the United States over the next decade.

Last Year College Goal Sunday helped about 42,000 students across 37 states. The program now operates in 39 states. Check out a video about the program here:

The event looks promising. Even more promising would be changing the needlessly complicated FAFSA document so that College Goal Sunday isn’t necessary. If students need a nonprofit to fill out a government form, there’s something wrong with the form.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer