This post was originally published on The Washington Informer

By Stacy M. Brown

Delays in financial aid decisions have tempered the excitement of many students who have received acceptance letters from their top colleges in a year already full of uncertainties. The late release of a revised Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which schools frequently use to determine financial assistance, is the cause of this delay.

Traditionally, financial aid decisions accompany acceptance letters, but the delayed FAFSA rollout disrupted the usual process this year. Consequently, students and parents are postponing crucial college decisions. This comes at a time when the Department of Education unveils a comprehensive student loan forgiveness proposal, offering numerous pathways to debt cancellation.

The Biden administration is actively pursuing student loan relief following the Supreme Court’s rejection of President Biden’s initial debt cancellation initiative last summer. The approach involves reforming existing options to broaden access for millions and creating a new plan for broader relief.

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