Coalition Letter Urging President Obama to Further Simplify the FAFSA

December 19, 2014

44 organizations representing students, scholarship providers, and college administrators, advocates for college access and completion, and policy organizations sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to further simplify the college financial aid process for millions of students and their families by directing the Secretary of Education to base federal student aid eligibility...

TICAS Comments on Draft 2015-16 FAFSA

October 13, 2014

Comments on the Department of Education's draft paper and online versions of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2015-16 award year. To ensure that applying for federal aid is as straightforward as possible for students and families, we recommend specific changes to make the FAFSA easier to understand and use.

Official TICAS Comments on the Draft 2011-12 FAFSA

November 15, 2010

The Institute for College Access & Success sent comments to the Department of Education on several of the Federal Student Aid Application materials that the Secretary proposes to use for the 2011–12 award year: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR).

After the FAFSA: How Red Tape Can Prevent Eligible Students from Receiving Financial Aid

July 26, 2010

This report sheds light on what happens to federal financial aid applicants after they submit the FAFSA. Using 2007-08 financial aid data from 13 California community colleges, the Institute found that one in three likely Pell-eligible applicants did not receive a Pell Grant. Also, while few students' Pell-eligibility status changed after verification, applicants selected for...