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Better FAFSA for Mixed Status Families: Updates from the Department of Education


On March 15, 2024, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a briefing with the Department of Education, Immigrant Rising, NILC, ImmSchools, and the National College Attainment Network. The purpose was to deliver the most recent updates from the Department of Education regarding the status of the Better FAFSA for mixed-status families, as well as to offer recommendations and resources for institutions and practitioners assisting students with non-SSN contributors.

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The Department of Education released an updated version of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) in late December, 2023. Since the application’s release, contributors without a Social Security Number (SSN) have faced a number of challenges setting up required FSA IDs and submitting their portion of the application. The Department has been working actively to resolve these issues and provide families with timely updates on their progress.

Speakers included:

  • Roxanne Garza, Chief of Staff, Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education
  • Melanie Muenzer, Chief of Staff, Office of the Undersecretary, Department of Education
  • Astou Thiane, Director of Policy and Advocacy, ImmSchools
  • MorraLee Keller, Senior Director of Strategic Programming, National College Attainment Network
  • Ignacia Rodriguez Kmec, Senior Associate, National Immigration Law Center
  • Corinne Kentor, Policy and Communications Associate, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

You can access resources from the webinar here.

The Department of Education also asked us to share this resource on what to do if your contributor does not have a Social Security Number. The Spanish version of this site will be live on Wednesday, March 20 and will be accessible via the following link: https://studentaid.gov/sinssn.