CollegeTracks in the Washington Post

CollegeTracks in the Washington Post

 "The FAFSA fiasco is hardest on America’s most vulnerable scholars"

Perspective by Petula Dvorak

CollegeTracks in the Washington Post: "The FAFSA fiasco is hardest on America’s most vulnerable scholars"The rollout of the new FAFSA form and process has presented many challenges for first-generation-to-college scholars like CollegeTracks serves, but the CollegeTracks team is still working tirelessly every day to make sure our scholars get the support that they need and deserve.  Since our founding we have now served over 10,000 scholars, and over 95% have submitted the FAFSA.  We are excited to see our scholars and work featured in the Washington Post:

“I promised my mom I would go to college,” said Daniel Mercado, 17, a soccer player at Wheaton High School in Maryland who wants to study accounting.

And he thought getting in was going to be the difficult part.

Then, the notice came from Hood College that showed him his hard work had paid off. He got in! And he got a spot as a left back on the Hood Blazers soccer team. But since January, he’s been wrestling with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, whose acronym, FAFSA, has nearly reached curse word status because of the headaches it has caused....

“The glitches impact the scholars we serve, first-generation-to-college scholars and scholars from low-income and immigrant households,” said Mecha Inman, the CEO of CollegeTracks, a Montgomery County program that helps students like Mercado navigate the college adventure. “But it’s also that their more affluent peers have already been able to enroll in college.”

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