Ernst Holds Roundtable Focused On FAFSA Failings

Iowa — US Senator Joni Ernst says time is running out for the US Department of Education to fix the application college students and their parents fill out to find out how much federal aid they may qualify for.

On Friday, the agency announced another error on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA will delay decisions for up to 200-thousand students. A federal law passed in late 2020 called for simplifying the FAFSA form.  

Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, cites bipartisan calls to address a new calculation of the finances of farm families and small business owners. Ernst says it doesn’t take into account those who are property rich, but don’t have the cash flow to pay for a child’s college education.

Ernst met with students and administrators from Graceland University as well as the three state universities and Des Moines Area Community College about that issue Monday as well as the delays in federal aid and scholarship decisions due to the FAFSA form delays.



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