New Report Highlights Implementation of Early FAFSA

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Shanda Ivory

Arlington, VA (Oct. 2, 2017) NACAC Members Discuss Implementation of Early FAFSA, a new report from the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offers insights into college counseling and admission professionals’ experience with the recent changes made by the US Department of Education to its Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The report, which features summary findings based on interviews with professionals at both secondary schools and institutions of higher education, comes one year after the change to “early FAFSA” and the use of prior-prior year tax information when applying for federal financial aid.

High schools moved up their timelines for communicating with seniors about financial aid to the fall, overlapping with the college admission process. Colleges also moved up their timelines for communicating with students about financial aid and some delivered financial aid packages earlier.

Findings revealed that major problems and confusion that many feared would take place as a result of the changes did not occur, although long-standing challenges related to engaging students most in need remain the same.
Interviews were conducted in the summer of 2016 leading up to the changes and a second time, after the fall admission cycle, in spring 2017.

This project was funded through a subgrant received from the National College Access Network (NCAN).

Read the full report.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.


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