Funding hurdle for schools tracking college financial-aid forms

Aug 25, 2014 by

The long-term future of a project that lets schools know which of their graduating seniors filled out an application for financial aid — and who might need help — has become uncertain.

Officials from the Colorado Department of Higher Education aren’t in a panic, but instead are optimistic they will find another way to continue to fund the project.

“We internally are trying a couple of avenues to keep this going because it’s such a valuable tool,” said Beth Bean, the department’s chief research officer. “Districts have loved it.”

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a federal form that students fill out to help the government and colleges determine financial need for grants and scholarships. Officials cite research that says students who fill out the form are more likely to enroll in college within 12 months after graduation.

via Funding hurdle for schools tracking college financial-aid forms – The Denver Post.

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