Is Financial Aid Really All That Complicated?

The financial aid office is not there to find reasons to give your student free money. They are looking for ways to honor the financial policies of their employer. That’s why the rules and regulations surrounding financial aid are over 10,000 pages long! And about to become much longer.

For most families, paying for college means relying on some form of financial aid. Yet in 2018, 43% of high school seniors didn’t submit the one form required for nearly all types of student aid: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). These students missed out on an incalculable amount of money for college.

Believe it or not, the biggest barrier to financial aid is the application itself. It’s too hard to understand and is not a useful college planning tool. A recent Hechinger Report news story ranked the FAFSA No. 1 among the “most complex and convoluted higher education forms.” Students and families are required to navigate a host of confusing and redundant questions and submit information difficult for many to obtain.

And after all that work, students still don’t receive enough information to plan and budget. The complexity of the form not only prevents families from getting the support they need — it has also been shown to prevent students well prepared for college from ever enrolling.

This isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. There is a better way. FAFSAssist™ takes the family from finding colleges that will offer their student the most lucrative award packages to properly preparing and filing the financial aid forms all the way to negotiating the best price.

To enroll in the FAFSAssist™ system is only $149.00.  Keep in mind that at a minimum a four-year college degree starts at $100,000 and the maximum is now just over $320,000.