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Joint Statement on Extending Financial Aid, Enrollment Deadlines


NACUBO is closely following the issues surrounding the revamped Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most recently, the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid announced that institutions will begin to receive batches of FAFSA information in the first half of March, instead of in late January as ED previously had planned.

As challenges persist, NACUBO joined the undersigned higher education associations on the following statement: 

“Due to the continued delays in the availability of FAFSA applicant data announced by the U.S. Department of Education, we encourage colleges and universities to provide flexibility to students and families as they consider their offers of admission and financial aid. 

During the pandemic, many institutions extended their enrollment, scholarship, and financial aid deadlines beyond the traditional May 1 date, and we urge institutions to make similar accommodations this year. We all want students and families to have the time they need to consider their financial options before making enrollment decisions.”

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
American Council on Education (ACE)
Association of American Universities (AAU)
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)
National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
National College Attainment Network (NCAN)


Katy McCreary

Director, Public Relations