The most massive revision ever to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid burst into the new year like a brick through a window–everyone is talking about it, but nobody is happy. Amy and Mike invited financial aid advisor Ed Recker to review the latest news and timelines to date along with our first impressions of the better FAFSA.
What are five things you will learn in this episode?
- How has the “soft launch” of the Better FAFSA® gone?
- What has been the feedback about the user experience on the FAFSA?
- How have college professionals reacted to the FAFSA rollout?
- Will the FAFSA delays impact the traditional May 1st admission decision deadline?
- What recommended action steps and advice should those involved in the financial aid process take to heart?
MEET OUR GUEST
Ed Recker is a Director of High School Relationship Management with Sallie Mae, serving high schools, states, and professional organizations throughout the U.S. He joined Sallie Mae in 2019, and has over 20 years’ experience in the financial aid and enrollment industry. Prior to joining Sallie Mae, Ed was a Senior Consultant within the Enrollment Division of Ruffalo Noel Levitz, held the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Findlay, and held various financial aid positions at the University of Findlay, Terra State Community College, and Bowling Green State University. Ed holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Toledo, and resides in Ottawa, OH with his wife Kate and daughter Evelyn.
Ed appeared on the podcast in episode #492 to discuss The Better FAFSA For New And Previous Filers, which provides essential background information for this episode.
Find Ed at Edward.Recker@salliemae.com.
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