California extends FAFSA deadline due to glitch

Up to 100,000 California students may have been impacted by the glitch.

California lawmakers have extended the deadline for student financial aid applications due to delays caused by a glitch in the federal government’s application system.

The glitch prevented parents without a Social Security number from completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is required to apply for California’s financial aid programs.


Driving the news: Initially, California extended the deadline from March 2 to April 2. Now, the state Senate has approved a bill to further extend the deadline until May 2.

  • Up to 100,000 students in California may have been impacted by the glitch, affecting their ability to apply for state aid programs.
  • The U.S. Department of Education claims to have fixed the glitch, but the delayed resolution has caused concerns among lawmakers and advocates about potential negative impacts on students’ college plans.
  • The FAFSA process has already faced other challenges, including delays and glitches since its overhaul in 2020.
  • The problems with FAFSA have led to a decline in California’s application numbers, particularly among low-income students and students of color.
  • The issues with FAFSA have also caused colleges and universities, including the University of California and California State University systems, to postpone their admissions deadlines.
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