May 27, 2014
Clearing a Path to College Through the Fafsa Wilderness
Mike Bradley for The Chronicle
Many low-income families find federal student-aid documents complicated and intimidating, and never make it through the first step on the path to college. But what if they got free help in filling out the forms, wondered Nathan J. Daun-Barnett, at the University at Buffalo. Would that make a difference?
It appears so. In many large urban school districts, only a little more than a third of graduating seniors successfully complete the Free Application for