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An improved FAFSA is on the way, but delays mean students and schools will have to scramble

Nov 16, 2023
This year's form will be shorter and easier to fill out. But it'll also arrive more than two months late.
Colleges use the information on the FAFSA to decide how much financial aid to offer applicants.
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Financial aid applications are down. Does that mean fewer college students?

Mar 18, 2021
The pandemic seems to be causing students to put off applying for financial aid, which may mean they're putting off college.
Applications are down 9% compared to this time last year, said MorraLee Keller with the National College Attainment Network. She said some of the decline may be due to uncertainty.
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A major barrier to a college degree for low-income Californians: housing costs

Aug 9, 2018
Housing costs — more than tuition — are hurting California’s low-income college students.
Students walk near Sather Gate on the University of California at Berkeley campus. 
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