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Texas Democrats Push for College Aid Fairness: Call to Action Amid FAFSA Immigrant Family Crisis

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks on the north steps of the State Capitol to supporters at a Texas Public Policy Foundation Parent Empowerment rally on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 in Austin. Abbott and his supporters are pushing to have a voucher system, also known as school choice. (Ricardo B. Brazziell /Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Texas Democrats Rally for Financial Aid Assistance Amid FAFSA Glitch

Immigrant Families Face Financial Hurdles as FAFSA Issue Persists

According to THE TEXAS TRIBUNE Texas Democrats in Congress want colleges to help students who can’t get financial aid because of a problem with the FAFSA form. This problem mostly affects families of immigrants because parents without Social Security numbers can’t enter their financial info. Led by U.S. Rep. Jasmine Crockett most Texas Democrats wrote to colleges asking them to save money for these students until June 1 or until the government fixes the error.

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WFAA)Texas Democrats Push for College Aid Fairness: Call to Action Amid FAFSA Immigrant Family Crisis

Unfair Financial Barriers: FAFSA Glitch Disadvantages Immigrant Students in Texas

This issue worries people because it’s unfair to many Texas students especially those from immigrant families. Many kids in Texas have at least one parent who isn’t a U.S. citizen and this problem makes it harder for them to get help for college. Even though Texas extended the deadline for filling out the FAFSA there’s still a risk that immigrant students won’t get college aid fairness because colleges give it out on a first-come first-serve basis. The U.S. Department of Education is trying to fix the FAFSA issue but more problems keep coming up. The lawmakers say colleges need to change their rules to help students affected by this problem. With support from both Democrats and Republicans in Texas they’re asking colleges to make sure every student no matter their parents’ immigration status can get the college aid fairness they need.

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