When the Obama administration announced last year that it would overhaul the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, prospective college students (and their parents) cheered.
“Today, we’re lending a hand to millions of high school students who want to go to college and who’ve worked hard,” said Arne Duncan, who was at that time U.S. secretary of education. “We’re announcing an easier, earlier FAFSA.”
And it is both.
Earlier because it’s now available to students in October instead of January.