Biden administration announces monthlong delay in student aid data, forcing students out of college

The Department of Education announced Tuesday a delay in sending data that schools need to produce student aid packages, forcing some to defer or forgo college plans.

Buried in a press release touting the number of Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, forms successfully submitted using an updated application, the Education Department said it would begin transferring Institutional Student Information Record data to academic institutions in the “first half of March.”

The ISIR data is necessary for schools to determine how much money they can give out to prospective students, meaning the delay renders them incapable of accurately quoting offers.

“I recently met with several leaders of Louisiana colleges who all independently told me they are concerned about FAFSA. This roll out has been a disaster,” Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education,
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