It’s intended to make the process of getting financial aid less painful.
You can't get federal grants unless you fill out the FAFSA.
The office will have to manage student loan forgiveness — if that clears Supreme Court challenges — and the resumption of loan payments after a pandemic pause.
Applications for federal aid for college have decreased, so schools and states are looking at ways to get more grants into students' hands.
The National College Attainment Network estimates that about 270,000 fewer high school seniors have filled out the FAFSA since 2019.
The pandemic seems to be causing students to put off applying for financial aid, which may mean they're putting off college.
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The move is meant to meet teenagers on their phones and make it simpler for them to apply.