Navigating FAFSA Delays: What Parents and Students Need to Know​

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As the college admissions season wraps up, it’s been anything but business as usual. From campus protests to FAFSA delays, this year has posed unique challenges for incoming college students and their families. At Kramer Wealth Managers, we understand the importance of financial planning, especially when it comes to funding higher education. Here’s a closer look at the impact of FAFSA delays and how they could affect the first year of college for students entering this fall.

The FAFSA Debacle
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a critical tool for students and families seeking financial assistance for college. However, this year’s FAFSA rollout has been marred by delays and technical issues, causing significant frustration for applicants. Typically, the FAFSA opens on October 1st, allowing families to submit the form and receive financial aid packages from colleges. However, in 2023, the updated FAFSA didn’t open until December 31st, with many families struggling to access it until January or even March. This delay has disproportionately affected lower-income families and those considering two-year college routes, making it a true tragedy for some.

The Ripple Effect
The impact of FAFSA delays extends beyond just the application process. With colleges requiring decisions and deposits by May 1st, students and families have been left scrambling to make informed choices about their future. Financial aid and admissions staffers have worked tirelessly to keep applicants informed and calm, but the delays have undoubtedly added stress to an already challenging process.

Moving Forward
While the FAFSA rollout may have been fraught with challenges this year, it’s essential for students and families to remain proactive in their financial planning. Whether you’re a parent navigating college costs or a student preparing for the next chapter, it’s crucial to stay informed and seek guidance when needed.

Talk to Your Financial Advisor
At Kramer Wealth Managers, we’re here to support you every step of the way. If you have questions or concerns about navigating the FAFSA process or funding your college education, don’t hesitate to reach out. Together, we can create a plan that helps you achieve your educational goals while staying financially secure.

Closing Thoughts
Navigating FAFSA delays can be challenging, but with the right support and guidance, students and parents can overcome these obstacles. By staying informed and seeking assistance from financial professionals, you can ensure that your college journey is as smooth as possible. Remember, your financial advisor is here to help you every step of the way.

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Adrianna Rocha

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Adrianna Rocha joined Kramer Wealth Managers in 2021.

Adrianna is responsible for client experiences and service. As part of the customer service team, she strives to help and provide top-notch service to our clients. As part of her role, she communicates with clients through videophone, schedules client meetings, prepares and processes forms, and gathers information for our advisors.

Adrianna Rocha graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Gallaudet University in 2017. Before she joined our team, she worked in the customer service industry for nearly a decade. She excels in human-to-human relations and takes pride in not only her own accomplishments, but her clients’ as well. Adrianna enjoys chatting about her slight obsession with dogs, houseplants, essential oils, and food: especially Mexican food! She is also a proud fur-mama to her beautiful Aussie-mixed pup, Ziva.

Adrianna is not registered with Osaic Wealth.