Specialists’ Recommendations for FAFSA Aid Notification Delays


News Team

Thousands of students and families in Chicago, Illinois are expressing their concern about delays in notifications of federal student aid, known as the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).” This is due to the Department of Education’s announcement of major corrections to the Student Aid Index (SAI) calculation tables used within the FAFSA application. The Department of Education stated that the latest forms were based on tables from three years ago and did not accurately reflect the current environment of high inflation.

The error in the calculation tables causes students and families to appear with more income than they really have, resulting in a lower level of aid they would receive. The Department of Education plans to send FAFSA applicant data that reflects the inflation update to universities in the first half of March, which is two months later than initially planned. This situation has left students like Melissa Madrigal from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) feeling uncertain about how they will manage their classes this year. It is estimated that there are potentially about 400 thousand students in Illinois in the same situation as Melissa.

The situation is even more complicated for those who are starting university this year, as expressed by Leslie Cruz’s brother, who mentioned that the FAFSA application process was more difficult. However, the Department of Education has reported that it will deploy experts at institutions with insufficient resources and distribute a donation of $50 million to non-profit educational organizations to address the problems with the FAFSA.

Students are advised to stay in communication with deadlines for scholarships or universities that require FAFSA completion. Additionally, assistance to fill out the FAFSA forms is available in La Villita, where trained individuals provide guidance to families and youth in completing their applications. “University Nights” will begin on February 7th, offering assistance from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 3202 West 26th Street. It is important to be aware of deadlines and availability of funds when completing the FAFSA application.

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