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FAFSA delays put Clark County students in a bind; without financial aid amounts, school choices delayed

Washington colleges saying they anticipate aid awards to be finally released next month

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 1, 2024, 6:19pm
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Fort Vancouver High School counselor Jennifer Pongracz, from left, the governor&rsquo;s senior education and college access policy advisor Maddy Thompson, Washington State University Vancouver representative Edward Esparza, Washington Student Achievement Council&rsquo;s Sam Washington, and Gov. Jay Inslee sit on a panel Wednesday about the federal application for college aid at Fort Vancouver High School.
Fort Vancouver High School counselor Jennifer Pongracz, from left, the governor’s senior education and college access policy advisor Maddy Thompson, Washington State University Vancouver representative Edward Esparza, Washington Student Achievement Council’s Sam Washington, and Gov. Jay Inslee sit on a panel Wednesday about the federal application for college aid at Fort Vancouver High School. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

May 1 each year is National College Decision Day — an unofficial holiday when high school seniors announce or celebrate what university or technical college they plan to attend in the fall.

This year, however, the holiday is being postponed as technical glitches continue to run rampant through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which was overhauled this past fall with the goal of making the application form slimmer and easier to fill out.

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