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FAFSA and Demonstrated Interest

November 16, 2013


  1. I wonder if a different approach than a “declaration of war” against FAFSA might be more effective, and “war” might even be unnecessary. They are in the financial aid business, not the admissions business, and unlike the “restraining of trade” by the Common Application, I doubt FAFSA would be financially penalized if they change the objectionable practice. I wonder if they are even aware of what may be an “unintended consequence” of their question. If they have not considered this, if someone approached them and asked: “Are you aware that applicants are being rejected at selective colleges because admissions offices make inferences based on the order in which students list the schools you ask for or the number of colleges they apply to?” and explain why this is happening, a person having influence to change their policies might say, “Oh, we never considered that admissions offices were doing this” and might actually be eager to change or eliminate the question without a shot being fired. They certainly have no vested interest in applicants being hurt by their questions, or so I would think. If it turns out that they are aware and for some reason are unwilling to change, or you have already tried diplomacy and it has not worked, then “leading the charge” would most certainly be appropriate, and I would encourage you to do so with vigor.