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Friday’s Factoid: Why Students Do Not File the FAFSA (2 posts)

  • nthea | 3 weeks, 4 days ago:

    Mark Kantrowitz, publisher of Fastweb.com and FinAid.org, recently published a policy paper titled, “Reasons Why Students Do Not File the FAFSA,” which indicates that the number of students failing to file FAFSAs has remained the same for more than 10 years. The top three reasons that students reported they did not file were:
    • They thought they were ineligible;
    • They didn’t have a financial need; and
    • They did not want to take on the debt.

    Two other common responses that students reported were they “did not have information on how to apply” and “the forms were too much work.”

    Kantrowitz recommends that “FAFSA completion initiatives should be targeted at students who are likely to enroll in community colleges and low-cost colleges, especially students who will enroll part-time. These students are less likely to file the FAFSA.”

    The full paper and his recommendations can be found at http://www.finaid.org/educators/20110118nofafsareasons.pdf.

  • taylor | 2 weeks, 4 days ago:

    Don’t think you can’t afford college - you can! Financial Aid is available. You should be filling out your FAFSA right now.