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Post #2 -NASFAA’s Three Paths for FAFSA Applicants

In our first post, we looked at how the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ recent report proposes timing and using data retrieval to complete the FAFSA. This post will examine another recommendation in NASFAA’s proposal dealing with how applicants are sorted into three “paths” and what that means for simplifying the FAFSA. Path one… Read more »

Post #1: NASFAA’s Take on Data for the FAFSA

On July 30, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) joined the many organizations and policymakers calling for reforming the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). NASFAA’s four point proposal calls for a few familiar changes, but innovates in other ways. In this post, we’ll break down the details of how NASFAA… Read more »

Does a High School Diploma Mean “College-Ready” for Students?

Imagine a group of high school seniors in cap and gown being congratulated for completing their state’s requirements to earn a high school diploma. Are they ready for college or a career? In some states, that depends on who you ask. Depending on where the student lives, a high school test score or fulfilled state… Read more »

What a Dollar (or 400 Million of Them) Can Do

What’s $400 million in the grand scheme of things anyway? A gift of $400 million might seem like a lot–especially to public colleges and universities–but to Harvard it’s only a drop in their $36 billion endowment bucket. Having graduated from a regional public university (Missouri Southern State University), news of this gift to an already… Read more »