New relief for FAFSA frustrations

New relief for FAFSA frustrations

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(ABC 6 News) – Extra help is on the way for schools and students trying to finish their FAFSA forms.

The changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) has had a bumpy rollout.

FAFSA changes have created a lot of issues for families over the last few weeks.

A new simplified form, mandated by congress, meant students couldn’t fully access applications until the first week of the year. The wait triggered delays on financial aid offers from schools and put more pressure on students and their families.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced millions of student loan forms won’t be sent to colleges and universities until mid-March.

This afternoon, though, the department announced plans to help families and colleges deal with the delays. The department will send federal personnel to some schools, to provide direct support on campus.

“Some schools are totally fine, they are well resourced and they have plenty of personnel,” started Richard Cordray, COO of Federal Student Aid. “But others have slimmer resources and we want to make sure we’re providing the support they need.”

As this story continues evolving, ABC 6 News will provide updates.