June 11, 2021
The Education Department is delaying changes to the federal financial aid application meant to streamline the process, disappointing advocates who worry about the pandemic’s continued effect on students from lower-income households.
On Friday, the department said it will need another year to implement provisions to streamline the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as FAFSA, that Congress included in the $1.4 trillion spending package in December.
“We’re already hard at work modernizing the FAFSA system. But we’re taking care to ensure you can apply for and receive federal student aid at any point,” Richard Cordray, head of the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid office, wrote in a blog post Friday. “That’s why we’re breaking up this extensive work into bite-sized pieces.”