An article in the Saturday edition of The New York Times details the ridiculous complexity of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). According to the article, even Obama’s new education secretary said, “You basically have to have a Ph.D. to figure that thing out.” Excellent. ‘Cause that’s what most high school kids requiring financial aid do have, in addition to oodles and oodles of tuition money.
The FAFSA is so confusing that some families are paying for help filling it out. And those who aren't coughing over cash seem to be on the verge of total breakdowns. Visual proof: the mom featured in the Times photo looks like she’s about to cry (or throw up in her mouth—and who could blame her? There are more than 100 questions to answer!!!!). SparkNotes is advocating for a revolutionary new FAFSA form. We still have to work out the details, but paint by numbers and unicorn stickers will probably be involved.
Did you have to fill out a FAFSA? Were you traumatized by the experience?