October 16, 2023
This week, The Hope Center at Temple University was joined by eight partners in calling for improvements to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to help students connect with public and tax benefits to meet their basic needs. The letter was submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on the second draft of the 2024-25 FAFSA. The letter calls for:
Adding benefits like the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Child Tax Credit to the form;
Implementing data-sharing agreements with federal and state agencies to share information on benefits, and
Issuing new guidance on using FAFSA data to help students and families get the information they need on public and tax benefits.
The letter was led by The Hope Center and signed by Higher Learning Advocates, Benefits Data Trust, Swipe Out Hunger, Young Invincibles, SchoolHouse Connection, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), and The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS). We thank these partners for their support.