A graphic spelling the acronym FAFSA.

What the FAFSA?!

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Eric Hoover helps journalists make sense of the “FAFSA crisis of 2024” and explains why it’s a story about race, ethnicity and socioeconomic inequality. (EWA Radio 342).

Photo credit: U.S. Department of Education/StudentAid.gov

The already stressful and arduous process of applying for college financial aid was supposed to be easier this year. Instead, the public saw the meltdown of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

As the U.S. Department of Education scrambles to fix calculation errors, colleges and universities have had to hit pause on making admissions decisions, adding even more confusion to the mix. 

Eric Hoover, a senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, shares insights from his deep coverage, including implications for students, families and postsecondary institutions. What’s being done to help students from low-income backgrounds whose college prospects might have already been on shaky ground? And where should reporters proceed with extra caution in covering this complex and fast-changing story?

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