As advocates across the country are calling, with increasing urgency, for a concerted effort from all stakeholders to assist students and families with their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, the White House and US Department of Education (USDE) have announced this week the FAFSA Week of Action to raise awareness and encourage FAFSA completion.

FAFSA is the sole gateway to all federal, state, and most institutional financial aid, including student loans available for all income levels. Completion is at crisis-low levels due to delays in the application release and subsequent processing and data errors, which is why it is now more important than ever for schools to lend support to postsecondary students.

National experts predict the impact to postsecondary enrollment in the fall could be as bad or worse than during the COVID pandemic.