Early FAFSA timeline may not speed up college aid
from Education Week
The 2016-2017 school year marks a major milestone for aspiring college students: They can apply for federal financial aid on Oct. 1, three months earlier than in the past, in the hope of getting earlier aid decisions from colleges. The change was designed to make college decisions easier, especially for low-income students. But a bevy of barriers, including state budgeting cycles and longstanding admissions timetables, are likely to undermine that vision, at least in this first year.
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