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What Does the Research Say About Barriers to FAFSA Completion and Strategies to Boost Completion?


January 2017


Roughly one-third of students who did not file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly known as the FAFSA, would have been eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, which provides aid for low-income undergraduate students and substantially lowers the costs of college.

What are the barriers students face when it comes to FAFSA completion?

This resource breaks down five common barriers uncovered through research and provides a set of promising strategies that educators can employ to help ensure their students don't miss out on applying for financial aid.