Old technology forces Education Department to delay new FAFSA application

The Department of Education told Congress on Friday that decade-old technology has forced the department to postpone implementation of a new, simplified application for students seeking federal funding. politics reported.

Why it matters: The department was required by a law passed by Congress last year to use the new free federal student grant application from the 2023-24 academic year. Now the redesigned form is to be introduced by the school year 2024-25.

What you say: “To take advantage of these new opportunities, the FSA must first update the technology system on which the FAFSA form is based,” said Rich Cordray, chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid, according to Politico in a blog post on Friday.

  • “Believe it or not, the current system is 45 years old, and while we’ve got it working all these years, it’s just too limited to support these new changes,” he added.

The big picture: Congress is negotiating a law update that would give the ministry more time to update its systems, according to Politico