The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

FAFSA Delays Cause Problems for Students

Feb 26, 2024

Going to college is extremely expensive, and students from low-income families rely on financial aid to help them. Many fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive financial assistance to pay for college.

In 2020, Congress signed the FAFSA Simplification Act to streamline the overly complicated forms. The recent rollout of the new form was delayed, and because of various other glitches, the deadline to submit the form kept getting pushed back. Families without Social Security numbers have been unable to submit the form at all. The U.S. Department of Education has offered a workaround for this problem. Yet, they’re still taking longer to process all of the applications and provide students with award letters.

The deadlines to commit to a school are looming. But without knowing the amount of aid students will get, it’s impossible to make a decision. Those who can pay for college out-of-pocket don’t have to worry about it. For working-class students, this makes an already uncertain future even more uncertain.

College is advertised as a way to a better job and more stable life. But in such an unstable system, that’s becoming increasingly impossible.